It’s the Little Things
Posted on October 24, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
Years ago I read the blog entry of a father who recently lost his almost 2 year old daughter due to heart problems. In his blog, he shared the following:
“Today I was cleaning out the diaper pail to use when Julie, Garrett, Emma and Ethan come on Saturday. I had set it outside and forgot that there were a few diapers in there. So needless to say it was very smelly and full of rain water. As I was dumping out the water I realized that those were the last 3 diapers I changed at home. That sure made me sad and long more for Lindsay. You forget what it’s like to change diapers everyday but I sure miss doing it everyday.”1
I instantly related to his words. There have been a few opportunites in my life to experience seasons of suffering. During each period, waiting, watching, praying and hoping were the constant norm.
Like Jonathan, hours, days and weeks were spent watching a loved one being cared for by others and what was most longed for was to just scoop that loved one up and go home to normal everyday life, life without needles and tubes and the constant hum of machines.
I remember well the feeling of satisfaction that came from returning to the simple and the mundane chores of life. I thoroughly relished the little things that I felt blessed and privileged to be doing for my family, and most especially for the one who had been so gravely ill. It was, oh, so much better than sitting idly beside a hospital bed feeling insecure, useless and helpless.
There are so many, many things that we can, and do, so casually complain about in the course of a day, when in fact we do have so much for which to be thankful. Father God is “up close and personal” in the details, all the little things in our life…at least He wants to be. Let’s thank Him today for all of it! The never-ending laundry, the dishes, the runny noses, the lunches that have to be made, etc…
In fact, why don’t we slow down a bit and simply enjoy those little things, those simple little pleasures in our lives that too often we miss when they are gone. Give your love, your time, your attention and, of course, your hugs to the ones you say you love. Why? Why not? God is there for us all the time. He listens to us and He gives us what we need when we need it in ways too numerous to count. Read Psalm 139.
Written by Stephanie Paul: Stephanie served on staff at America’s Keswick as Women of Character Director. She is married to Sesky; together they have 2 adult children.
Think About This: It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:25-26
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.