Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Love in the Little Things

This week's quote is:

One of the most wonderful things about knowing God is that there's always so much more to know, so much more to discover.Just when we least expect it, He intrudes into our neat and tidy notions about who He is and how He works.

~ Joni Eareckson Tada ~

This is our first spring in our new house. The pastor's wife before me must have been somewhat of a gardener because I am enjoying the sight as all the spring bulb plants are coming up. All around the house are crocus, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and more! It makes me love being here even more as I see each new thing.

It's a little like that with God. The longer I walk with Him, the more wondrous little things I discover about Him. I already know He is a BIG God - infinite, all powerful, all knowing and all seeing. But those attributes boggle my mind. I simply can't understand eternity with my finite mind.

I prefer to get to know Him through the little things, like the heavenly hugs He gives me. For instance, last evening, I lost an earring. Not a big life shattering event. But I was disappointed because a dear friend had given them to me. I looked all over and couldn't find it. This morning, as I went into the bathroom to shower, there was something in my clog.

When I bent down to see what was in there, I was surprised to to see it was my earring. Understand, I had already been outside with the dog that morning and hadn't felt it in my shoe at that point - it could have gotten lost outside and I never would have known. But there it was. As I thought about it, I realized that's the third pair of earrings where I have lost one and God "found" it for me.

It's just a little thing. But in reality, it's huge! Each time He does something little like that for me, it reaffirms His care for me. It's like a heavenly hug from my Father that says, "You matter to me!" It strengthens me to trust Him in the big overwhelming things when it is hard to trust.

I have had such a hard time really learning to trust Him because of the emotional baggage I've carried since childhood. Trust for me requires retraining my thoughts so I am no longer listening to and believing the negative lies about myself.

When I consciously stop to look around, there are so many little things He does to say "I love you" each day. New flowers, things He helps me get done, new friends. When I least expect it, He is there, blessing and loving on me. He intrudes into my notions about who He is and how He works effectively helping me change the way I see myself so I can believe I am His daughter rather than a slave to the old hurts of my past.

Now, that's a wondrous God!

This week, Susan is hosting "In 'Other' Words" at her site, Forever His . She has chosen a quote from by Joni Eareckson Tada. If you'd like to participate today, simply blog about the quote on your site them visit Susan and leave your blog URL along with a comment. While you're at it, visit some of the other IOW blogs and leave a comment for them as well!

1 comment:

Susan said...

Hi Bonnie,

So glad you decided to join us today! I'm just getting home.

This was so good. Yes, I love when God does all these special little things for us.

How wonderful to discover all those flowers!

Yes, He truly is a WONDEROUS God!!

Blessings to you my friend♥