Giving Thanks for the Simple Joys

07 Oct

“We Pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the small (and yet really not so small!) gifts we receive daily. How can God entrust great things to those who will not gratefully receive the little things from God’s hand?”

Reminiscing on my notes in one of my favorite books today (Life Together by Bonhoeffer) and I felt as if I was hit by a truck when I read this quote that I had previously underlined. This morning my minister preached on this same topic and now as I flip through this book I am dumbfounded at the realization that I am currently in one of those moments where God is just tapping me on the shoulder over and over. It’s like when someone sneaks up behind you and is standing there for a while and then whispers in your ear, “boo!”. Only God didn’t sneak up—he practically entered the room on a parade float with a big neon sign saying, “LOOK AT ALL THESE BLESSING I AM GIVING YOU THAT YOU'RE IGNORING!” and sometimes they’re so small but they’re so constant and it is not just me or my life, its all of us. And not just those of us who go to church or who go to the “right kind” of church but it is ALL of us. If only we would take one moment to reflect on the teeny tiny ones. The small sweet simple joys which plague our days if we make ourselves aware of them.

Yes, life feels overwhelming—big things are looming, hanging over all of our heads and yet the sun rose this morning. Did you remember that was not promised? Another day on this planet, and yes there is so much to be done, but shouldn’t we first be thankful that we were given another day to do it?

Some weeks I make my high school girls small group each say one small thing they are thankful for, I love it when they pause for a long minute in contemplation because it means one of two things—first, it could mean that they have so many things they are thankful for they cannot choose just one, or second, it means that they cannot think of anything off the top of their head, which means it is not something they had stopped to consider or think about lately. What a privilege it is to point someone back to such a simple yet foundational truth, the truth that our God is good and he is constantly giving us good things. He reminded me of that today and my heart is overflowing thinking about all he has blessed me with, just in this day alone. What small joys has He put in your life today? Write them down, put them somewhere, or don’t—but at least thank Him for them. Big things are coming, but the small things are already here, so acknowledge it.

Right now I feel like I am climbing a mountain, and I am thankful for every single small rock and foothold He is providing along the way because without them I would still be on the ground. We all would be.

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:26-27

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