Pluck the pleasures from God’s right hand!


You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

Keith and I lived in the Philippines for three years in the late 1980s. We enjoyed calamansi, small citrus fruit that is also known as the Philippine lime. The taste is a cross from a tangerine and a lime … sweet but tart.

We’ve not seen them in the grocery stores, nor in restaurants. I mentioned to a coworker who was traveling to the Philippines how much we squeezed calamansi juice on our papayas, fruit, mahi mahi and just about everything when we were there.

We wished that we could buy these little balls of delight here in Southern California.

She said her tree was loaded with them and that she would bring me some.

You can grow them here?

Of course!

This weekend, I purchased a calamondin tree … different name but same fruit. The tree was just 1/2 mile down the road.

I wonder how many blessings we long for, sometimes for years, and they are just around the corner if we look for them and take them.

My prayer for you

Father, thank You that You show us our path. Your presence brings us fullness of joy. Your right hand holds out pleasures beyond measure … all for our taking. May we dwell in Your presence and pluck the pleasures from Your right hand that only You hold out to us. We love You, Lord.