«He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness. He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations» (Psalm 105:43, 44).
IT WAS about four o’clock in the afternoon when Bienvenida knocked on the door of our house in the midst of a torrential downpour. She had a very peculiar name and her personality was just as peculiar. She greeted my mother and me with a big smile. She came with her little son and we Invited them into our house.
Bienvenida did not have a husband or relatives. Her world revolved around her son Jonathan and his studies, which she financed with a lot of work and effort. She was always—and I mean always—joyful. On that occasion, as if we were the guests instead of her, she said to us, «Well, let’s sing and pray to give thanks to our God because we arrived safely,»
Any other person would first have asked for a towel to dry herself, but she decided to pray and praise God immediately, without losing a moment. It was evident that praise to God was the key to her life.
Bienvenida moved us deeply every time we met her because she told us about her trials and always did so with an enormous smile on her lips, like one who is happy to participate in the sorrows Jesus lived on this earth. She blessed God for the difficulties of life and raised her hands to heaven as a sign of thanks.
Several years passed by in which we did not know anything more about her until one morning, my mother went to a hospital and to her surprise, she met Bienvenida dressed in her white uniform. She had gotten her degree and was working as a nurse. She hugged my mother with her special smile and, as she had always done, began to tell about the great things God had done for her in the years we had not seen her.
Isn’t the relationship that exists between God and His daughters who praise Him wonderful? I believe it is, and even the Bible itself extends to us the invitation: «Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker» (Psalm 95:6). «Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!» (Psalm 150:6).
Dear friend, will you accept the invitation today to worship God and praise Him whatever the circumstances of your life may be?