Today’s post is written by my great friend, Debra Dickey. Thanks for the great reminder, Debra, that God is always faithful to me in the small things, too.
I have had the honor of an unconventional amount of both during this past year. At first, the phenomenon was a bit of a nuisance, but by allowing it to be so, soon it became a point of inter-communication, an inside joke if you will, an almost secret wink between me and the One Who watches over me, causing me to raise an eyebrow at the humor, as He reminded me to not be annoyed, but to be grateful and to take those moments to praise and thank Him.
Although I cannot begin to count how many times my shoelace has come untied, I can count how many times, at the moment when I needed to stop what I was doing, stoop down and bow my head to retie it, that I took that moment just to say ‘Praise God’… EVERY time. Thank you. Simple, yet powerful.
I do know how many times I have lost that one glove from last winter to this one. Three!! Each time, I would get back to the house from walking Maddie, realize the glove was missing, and begin the back-tracking process in hopes that I would be able to locate it, in the snow, in the mud, or who knows wherever I had dropped it during the lengthy and meandering trek we had taken. And every time, sooner or later, I was able to find it! A glove? Easily replaceable, you say. Not a big deal, right. But it was, to me anyway. So I uttered hallelujahs and praises when I saw it, and gratefully said ‘THANK YOU!’
Oh but yes. Someone is trying to get my attention. In a comical way, huh? So much the better! Someone is trying to tell me that little things do matter. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much . . . . .” [Luke 16:10] (‘He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much’ . . . . as spoken in the King James version.)
Although this parable from Luke was meant as a guideline for how God, and we, should try to identify a trustworthy approach to the world and its peoples, there is a converse maxim to that as well, a truism that Someone is trying to instill in me: That He is faithful to me in the little things, therefore He will be faithful to me in the bigger ones. In other words, if I can depend on Him to help me find a lost glove (and I do!!), He lovingly reminds me that I can surely trust Him in the “much” of my life too. Ordainment and Promise of Perfect Comfort, Absolute and Supreme; I only need to own it.
With certainty I always ‘know’ this in my heart/ my spirit being: “But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” [II Tim. 1:12] It’s my human existence that struggles with the essence of that kind of power, strength and ability. So for my benefit, He cares enough to take that precious moment to kindly remind me, in the smallest of ways, even with a lost glove or an untied shoestring, to acknowledge His Omnipotence, not only to myself, but to Him. He is able. And my faithfulness to Him is nothing compared to His faithfulness to me. Simple, yet completely overwhelming.
‘Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us’ [I John 3:1] because we are His.