Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Miracle of the Little Things


I said to myself as I woke up with this nagging thingamagjig moving around my eye. I blinked a bit and pressed my eye, and went on to get dressed.

I visited with my mom, met the French lady from California waiting in our house for her friend to arrive from the airport, baked cookies, and planned for the day. All the while, the foreign entity in my eye just would not seem to quit its persistent annoyance. We searched for drops to bring some ease, alas to no avail. I scoured Google for natural cures, imploying them immediately with vigor gaining only increasingly, severe irritation for my trouble.

With frustration and exhaustion, I collapsed upon my bed fighting tears and hysteria. {Sometimes reading Google DOES NOT help the psyche}.

Yet in the midst of the unrelenting aggravation, I couldn't help but think about those little things.

You know the little foxes that ruin the vines....

...getting rained on on the way to a meeting
...babies and pets throwing up on those newly cleaned floors
...constant nuisance of an invisible speck in the eye

Little agitations and frustrations fling unwittingly into the day and threaten to overthrow our sanity. Before we even know it, we find annoyances and hurts and anger to be our companions. They destroy our peace and shatter the cadence by which we move and breathe.

When no relief would come to my eye, I eventually fell into a fitful sleep, and when I awoke, the pain and redness and displeasure was completely gone.

I fought the rest because I had "things to do" and "came to Haiti to help" but apparently, for today at least, those were not in the plans.

Just like my body needed tears and rest to heal itself, so does my soul, my heart, my character.

And while the little things COULD destroy me, they could also be the very thing that lead me back to the safety of His arms, if only I take the time to trust in His ways.

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
~Psalm 91:1-2


Cara Sexton said... Best Blogger Tips

Isn't it funny how He sometimes causes us to rest when we're too stubborn to take rest for ourselves? Glad your time in Haiti is fruitful, INCLUDING the rest. That's all part of serving, friend, as you know...being filled first so we can pour out. Can't wait to hear about your trip!

Denise Dilley said... Best Blogger Tips

There are little things in my marriage that I've allowed to become big things. I wonder if all along God wants to use those things to bring me closer to Him? Hmmm....

Thanks for giving me something to ponder today. :)

Emily Wierenga said... Best Blogger Tips

i love how you allowed this to draw you closer to the kingdom. bless you, dear lindsay.

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