Comfort God's Nature


The truth: if I am faithful in small things then God will entrust to me the great riches, has one meaning but many applications:

The Lord has been talking to me about noticing and appreciating and benefiting from the “little things” he does for me, being faithful to appreciate the little evidences of his love. He often talks to me in a still small voice.

He counts the hairs on my head and cares when the sparrow falls and assures me that I am more valuable than a sparrow. When I was young that would amount to about  110,000.  Of course the number has fallen over the years and he still keeps track.

I believe that, in order to encourage me with the fact of his existence and that he is watching and caring, God loves to do little things to bless me.

That way free will and faith are not messed with because what is encouraging proof to me might seem like pure coincidence to those who have no relationship with Him.

He works out the timing of things to allow ministry and sometimes just to show me how much he is thinking about me.

One time I had a flight back from vacation cancelled and could not get out till the next day and would arrive exhausted. I was on a waiting list for another earlier flight but was given no reason to hope. I remember whining to the Lord that, if I were God and my bride was needing a flight, I might pull some strings for her. Then I thought that I was being rather petty and I told him that it was OK and just give me the strength to get through. Five min. later my name was called and so many people had given up and gone home that there was room for me.

One time I had driven the grandchildren all the way from Grand Rapids to Warren dunes on lake Michigan to see a partial eclipse of the sun. There was a storm on the lake and the eclipse could not be seen. There was no chance to see it so we made the best of it by climbing the dunes, swimming in the lake and driving home early.  I was a few miles north of South Haven when I looked to the left across an open field and there was the partially eclipsed sun! I got off at the next exit, raced over to the lake and there “just happened” to be two empty lots for sale with no houses or trees and a perfect view of the lake. (Someone) had taken his finger and lifted the cloud for about 5 miles so that I could see the eclipsed sun hanging there under the black cloud with lightning coming down into the lake. I may have been the only one in Michigan to see this. I paused and worshiped and felt loved by God.

I love it when God does big things. I remember as a freshman in college that the Holy Spirit interrupted my hectic workload to urge me to write a grateful letter to a missionary I had known as a child. Later I found out that he had become severely depressed and my letter came just in time to remind him that his life did count and God was keeping track. He came out of his depression and the end of his life was victorious.

However he has a special reason that he wants me to see and appreciate the little things that He does for me. He wants me to remember that he loves me as an individual and not just as a tool to accomplish his will or as part of a large clump of people but as me myself.


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