The Smallest of Things
EYES WIDE OPEN
One morning in my prayer journal I asked God to help me see Him in all He does in our lives. I asked Him to help me not to overlook any of His handprints in my day. I asked Him to help me to see Him in even the smallest things.
That afternoon I picked up our youngest son from the Girls and Boys Club, and when he got in the car he asked me if before we went home, we could go to our “tree.” (This is a special place he knows that I like to go to sometimes to just sit and pray or be quiet.) So when we got to our spot, I asked him what was up. He totally amazed me, because in his youthful innocence, he said, “Oh, I don’t know, I just felt like coming out here and sharing something with you and then thanking God.”
So again I asked him what was on his mind. He said, “Well, it is really just a SMALL thing, in fact, it’s so small…I don’t know, I just felt like God helped me earlier at lunch….” Then he hesitated, thought about it for a moment, and said that maybe he was just being silly, and asked me not to laugh, but for some reason it had just touched him and he thought it was really a “God thing.” He finally went on to share with me how he had eaten a big breakfast at his dad’s that morning, and hadn’t been hungry at lunch, so he saved some of it. Since he had done this, later he had something to eat with his friends during an unexpected snack time.
No, I didn’t laugh. It was a small thing, but in his eyes this small thing became a huge “GOD THING” and when I asked him why, he said, “Because I recognized it. I saw that even in this smallest, kind of silly thing, God’s hand was actually in it, and He was helping me.” Again I didn’t laugh; in fact, I almost cried. I was so amazed at how God had decided to show me He had been listening to me earlier. And, He answered me. He opened my eyes to see Him in the smallest of things. I showed my son my prayer journal and what I had written that morning. He smiled and thought it was awesome that the Lord would use him as a vessel to answer me. And in the process, God showed us both something.
When we take the time to acknowledge and thank God for what He has done, when we can write it down with our own hand, later it is easier to recall and remember what God has said and done. Let us not be guilty of our ancestors’ sins of forgetting God’s wonderful deeds. Also, when we record it in our own writing, the traces of God’s hand, then the enemy cannot come back and rob us of memories of God’s faithfulness. So, with that being said, in the second half of this book, we give you a place to record your sighting of God’s handprints in your life.
At that time you will say,
"Praise the Lord and worship him.
Tell everyone what he has done
and how great he is.
Sing praise to the LORD, because he has done great things.
Let all the world know what he has done.
Shout and sing for joy, you people of Jerusalem,
because the Holy One of Israel does great things before your eyes."