WONDERFUL AND MARVELOUS
Today is February 1, and I have decided to join in with the #Write28Days group with Anita Ojeda. My plan is to follow the prompts she gives as much as possible. The prompt for today is the word wonderful. As I thought about it, I thought of a chorus we sang many years ago in youth group, titled Wonderful and Marvelous. I don’t remember the last time I sang it, but the words came right to me.
Wonderful and marvelous is Jesus to me
Sweeter than the honey in the honeycomb is he
Jesus is real
He’ll never fail
I will serve Him now and throughout all eternity
I always enjoyed singing it, not just because it has a catchy tune, but I believed what it said. I still do. Jesus is real, and He has never failed me. Here is an arrangement I found on YouTube that includes a second part.
Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, my sins are forgiven. I am free FROM the bonds of sin, because I have been justified (or made righteous) by Christ Jesus. I am free TO grow, flourish and become my true self, abiding in Him.
Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.(Romans 8:33-34)
Surrendering my life to God actually gives me more freedom. I don’t have to try to control everything. It’s out of my hands anyway. Instead, I am free to pursue writing, art, baking and more without fear. Yes, I may fail, but I can also try again or move to something else. Through it all He will be with me.
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S WONDERFUL LOVE
Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 8:35,37-39
We have the confidence that nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus. Pause for a minute and just consider what that means. If you ask me, it is a wonderful and marvelous fact! While here on earth, God is with us, guiding, sustaining and comforting. When this life is over we will still be with Him throughout eternity. What a blessed hope!
When I shared the Wonderful and Marvelous chorus with my husband, it reminded him of a medley we used to sing. It starts off with a chorus. Then with the last word you begin another song and so on until the end. It kind of goes along with the theme of how wonderful Jesus is, our final heavenly home and how we can live while still on this earth.
I am going to be brave and share it with you. When my kids were babies, I remember singing it to them. So think of that as you listen – a mother singing to her babies. Though I’m a little out of practice singing, and may go slightly off key, I hope it will encourage you. Just click on the play arrow below.