I had one of those “oh yeah, I need God” kind of days. You know, one of those days where you realize how far you have to come. One of those days you are humbled and realize you are a child of God and not God. One of those days where there is more than your fair share of human waste. You get the picture here.
On these kinds of days, it usually takes me half the day to realize I need to come to God in prayer. Today, I felt yucky enough when I woke up that I prayed right away. Funny how we go straight to God when we need something, ain’t it?
As human beings, we go through so many trials and tribulations and some are huge and some are tiny. But God cares about all of them and nothing happens outside of His will.
The Grace of God
I notice whenever I surrender to God and ask for His help, he always shows up if I have the eyes to see it. I truly felt His grace upon me. Things my children do that throw me over the edge on a normal day weren’t getting to me at all. Suddenly my patience reserves were filled back up. I was able to walk around the store calmly with two toddlers and not freak out and scream inside PLEASE DON’T BREAK ANYTHING AND PLEASE DON’T MAKE A SCENE.
I was even able to keep my composure when one-of-my-kid’s-who-I-won’t-name had a potty accident. Hey, it happens. It’s just messy. And it’s more complicated when it happens at the store. You think, okay. I need to be calm. I don’t want to hurt my child’s feelings. I need to clean this up. I need to clean my child up. I need to buy this stuff. I need to tell a clerk something. I need to tell my child not to touch such and such it might break and no we aren’t going to buy that today.
As you see, one does not simply handle these situations easily.
Angel in Disguise
There was a man behind me who witnessed all of these things happening. He must have sensed my distress. He immediately went to the clerk and asked for a mop. The clerk responded that would have to clean it up after he got through the line of people. The man said he would clean it. I thanked him and he winked and smiled kindly and said “hey, no big deal”.
If that’s not God I don’t know what is. God bless that man.
Consolation in Discouragement and Loneliness
Recently, I prayed for encouragement for my blog. In the last few days, I’ve had more comments than I’ve had in quite awhile and my sister gave me a great compliment on it which lifted my spirits. I also had one of my favorite bosses/mentors comment on my blog. What a blessing.
In my loneliness, I have also prayed for more friends locally. The same day I prayed about this, I ran into the lady who runs the bakery nearby. I have a feeling her and I will become great friends.
You Are Not Forgotten
I think sometimes we forget to talk to God. I know I do. But when I do, I am reminded of how much He loves me. We might forget Him but He doesn’t forget us. It’s so true,
” Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.”Luke 12:6
Which reminds me of this beautiful hymn:
Nothing is Too Big or Too Small
Praying isn’t magical. Sometimes we go through a dry period and don’t receive any consolation. Sometimes we receive great consolation. One thing is for certain, that nothing happens that God hasn’t willed, so we can rest assured that He has a plan even when we feel lonely, discouraged, humiliated, afraid. All I know, is even when the problems we face are so small, so minimal in the grand scheme of things, God cares.
Charles Spurgeon from this post
““Blessed is that man who seeth God in trifles!” What a positive insight that is. We tend to look at the million-dollar answer to prayer and say, “What a mighty God we serve.” But the God of the large is also the God of the small. The God who hung the stars in space is also the God who numbers the hairs on your head. Why should it surprise us God arranges parking spaces when we need them? It is no harder for God to provide something large than something small. After all, they’re all “small” to him. “
Nothing is too small or too big for God to handle. No matter how bad things may be God has a plan. Our troubles may not go away but God will give us the grace we need to go through them if we but call upon Him.
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