Not what I will, but what You will.
~Mark 14:36b NKJV
The aroma of horsehair overwhelmed me as I buried my face in Princess’ mane. She grasped my ponytail scrunchie with her muzzle, slid it off, and waved it triumphantly. If a horse could laugh, she was doing it. This was a deliberate move on her part to cheer me up. I would have joined her celebratory disposition, but I knew we only had days together. I was moving out of state, and she would not be traveling with us. A tear traced my cheek. I couldn’t even tell her!
“God,” I said, “What do I do? Princess needs a new home too.”
In the silence, a thought formed, She was a gift; so give her as a gift.
Memories flooded my mind. I remembered caring for Princess whenever my neighbor vacationed. One year I teased her saying she could have her appaloosa back, but I was keeping Princess. To my amazement, she said she’d been waiting for me to ask. The benefit for her was I’d be assuming responsibility for the vet, farrier, and feed bills.
Princess had come to live with my neighbor when her previous owner, Patty, had fallen on hard times. Nonetheless, Patty would come to ride her. I noticed Princess high stepped her gorgeous foxtrot best for Patty.
My neighbor had moved long ago so I knew who the Lord was referencing when He spoke into my spirit to give Princess as “a gift.” Patty’s financial situation had improved, but she did not have pasture land, so it made little sense to call her. But I contacted her anyway. Patty arranged to have Princess pastured in an adjoining field a cattleman owned, and the preparations were made to make the transfer.
As my horse-haired angel trotted out of my world, a strange sense of gratitude overtook me. As deep as this loss was for me, I knew Patty’s heart was now full. It was then that I realized Father God had planned this Giving Day from the beginning.
In reflecting on this, I wondered how Father God felt when He gave His Son Jesus. Did He draw closer, when in Gethsemane, He had to ask His Son to make the hard decision to go to Calvary’s cross? As Jesus agreed to do the will of His Father, saying, “Not what I will, but what You will,” (Mark 14:36b NKJV) did their hearts ache together? Did the Holy Father feel distraught as He diverted His eyes, be it ever so briefly, so His Son could bear the weight of sin? Did Father weep when Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me” (Mark 15:34b KJV)?
Friend, the purpose for this heartache was rooted in the ever-presence of God whose love knows no boundaries, and whose depths cannot be reached. No human can fathom this boundless love—except for Jesus. And so, when Father God whispered to His Son in Gethsemane’s Garden that it was Giving Day, Jesus willingly chose to pay this penalty of death. Why? Jesus’ love was as rich as His Father’s. We needed this pardon for sin only the Son could pay, and Jesus made sure we could have it.When Father God whispered to His Son in Gethsemane’s Garden that it was Giving Day, Jesus willingly chose to pay this penalty of death. Click To Tweet
And now, Father God has replaced King Jesus’ crown of thorns with a jeweled crown. Those nail-pierced hands that stretched wide to pay the debt humanity could not possibly have paid, have been jeweled with the crimson-colored beryl stones of glory (see Song 5:14).
Let’s meditate on John 3:16 afresh. Giving Day is for you, my friend. It has been fervently given and prearranged from the beginning of time because you have been and always will be deeply loved by your Creator.
Share a time when you gave sacrificially out of love for someone dear.
Thank You, God, for the gift of eternal life, Your Son Jesus Christ purchased for me.
Giving Day is a true story.
Copyright © 2019: Giving Day: Author Diane Virginia Cunio: Pen Name Diane Virginia: All Rights Reserved: https://www.vinewords.net/giving-day/devotions
Published: April 2021: PresbyCan Daily Devotions: Robin Ross, Submissions Editor: https://presbycan.ca/
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning writer, the founder and administrator of VineWords: Devotions and More, and the author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon. She is working on the sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon (both books awaiting publication).
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