Every Little Thing

everylittlethingimageIt had been a long day of driving and assembling furniture and unpacking boxes. There was laughter and adventuring around a new town and eating dinner together. I swallowed more tears than food that night.

We went back to my family’s hotel and said, “Goodnight. I love you. See you tomorrow.” Then I climbed into my car, drove a few miles away to my new apartment, and curled up in my bed in a new bedroom.

But on my way out, I looked up. A vibrant rainbow arched across the darkening sky. It broke through the clouds and seemed to stretch from one end of the earth to the other.

I smiled. I couldn’t help it. Remember what the rainbow stood for in the Bible? God placed the rainbow in the clouds as a reminder that He would never flood the whole earth again. He told this to Noah, and the rainbow became a reminder of that promise.

As I stopped and stared at the rainbow, I felt peaceful. I felt safe and secure and loved, because rainbows remind me that God keeps His promises. He had called me to move away from home to go to school, but the rainbow reminded me of His promises to never leave me, to always love me, and to work all things together into good plans for my life.

That was a God moment.

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When my littlest sister was born six years ago, I stood there in the hospital room and held her just moments after she was born. I cradled her swaddled limbs in my arms and dipped my tear-streaked face down close to her little pink one and whispered, “Thank you, Father.”

It’s one of the times in my life where it felt like God was actually standing there next to me, wrapping His arms around me. My baby sister was the answer to prayers I’d given up on because I thought God’s answer was “No.”

But there, on that chilly January afternoon, I stood on holy ground as my soul felt Him say, “Never give up on Me, child. My ways are higher and greater and my plans go beyond all you can ask or imagine.”

That was a God moment.

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The morning after I surrendered all of my plans and hopes and dreams and life to God, I rode to Sonic in the car with my family. While we were waiting on our slushes, a song came on the radio. My absolute favorite song at the time. It was all about about believing God is real and not being ashamed to shout it to the world.

It was like my heavenly Father had picked that song out just for me.

That was a God moment.

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God moments don’t just happen in life-altering situations. Sometimes they’re found in a wildflower peeking through a crack in the sidewalk, or in the laughter you share with your friends, or in a reunion hug.

Sometimes they’re found in a breath-taking sunrise or an awe-inspiring sunset or in a drive down a dirt road on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

They’re everywhere, if your heart is looking for them. Little traces of His grace. Small, yet significant reminders that God is with you and He loves you.

Acts 17:27-28 says:

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.”

And Colossians 1:16-17 says:

“Christ…holds all creation together.”

These verses tell us that God is close. He is here with us and He wants us to seek Him. He is in the details of life and His fingerprints are on every little thing.

Take that as a challenge today. Spend time talking to God and ask Him to help your heart’s eyes see where He is at work in your life.

Life is so much brighter, clearer, and exciting when you’re choosing to focus on the One who loves you.

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Let’s talk: Have you ever had a God moment? A time when God felt very close? I’d love to hear about it!

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2 thoughts on “Every Little Thing

  1. My contact had folded in half that day, and as I tried to peel it apart it ripped. No big deal under normal circumstances, but I was away from home, in a foreign country, and doomed to wear what I considered were my UGLY glasses for the rest of the summer. This seems so superficial now, but at the time, to my 19 year old heart and mind it was devastating. That evening our host family took us on a jaunt into the country. I was sullen, absorbed by my plight. We arrived and I stepped out of the vehicle to open my eyes to a most beautiful view of nature. Rolling hills, stone fences, hillsides dotted with sheep, it was breathtaking in its solitude. God opened the eyes of my heart to see, even with those old, ugly glasses, truly See Him.

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