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A Magnificent Fireworks Display

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Naomi loved her Daddy. They always enjoyed spending time together. When he'd return home from work, she would welcomed him with a big hug. She'd sit in his arms on the front-yard grass and watch the cars whizz by. Their time together was priceless.

Her first Fourth of July fireworks, Naomi and Dad watched as neighborhood families celebrated in front of their houses. Fathers lit sparklers and everyone watched how each sent off brilliant, captivating colors into the air. Naomi was enthralled. Smiling from ear to ear, she clapped her hands in the excitement of the moment. She had never seen anything so spectacular.

As Dad settled down under a large oak tree near the lake, he took Naomi's hand and set her in his lap. They surveyed the sparkling stars in the heavens, as Dad told Naomi about God's glorious creation.

Others from the neighborhood came down to the shore with blankets and chairs. Naomi wondered what was happening. A few moments later, as she snuggled into her father's arms, she figured it out.

Boom! Pop-pop-pop! "Ooooo!" Claps and shouts of laughter rang out among the crowd. Magnificent fireworks painted the quiet sky.

Although the loud blasts scared Naomi, her eyes quickly widened with excitement as bright colors flew toward the heavens.

Just as Naomi, loud "booms" often distract me. At times, I allow my attention to be swayed. My overactive imagination starts to work. Yet, distractions, such as disbelief and unforgiveness, are fleeting. He is forever.

Each day God reveals His presence, power, grace, and love. And He continues to amaze me. He answers my long-awaited prayers. When I am discouraged, he is my encouragement. He gives me blessings in abundance.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NIV)

God is a magnificent fireworks display and He holds nothing back from us. Don't focus on the "boom", distractions because you'll miss the wonderful plans He has for your life.

Copyright © Hannah Goodwyn, used with permission.

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