the hand of God.

It’s easier not to see God’s hand in your life. When things go wrong (and they will), there is a tendency to only see how bad things are.

I had several days like this. You know how it is – everything accumulates. And even though I’ve known God’s hand (his presence) in my life in the past, do you think I would remember it now? Intellectually, yes. Emotionally, no. I was hurting. And often, emotion clouds thinking.

While sitting in my car at the park, waiting for my son, I noticed the piles of pine needles between the abandoned picnic tables under the pavilion.

But wait! I have been wanting pine needles (or straw) for my newly planted strawberry bed. In a week, the pleasant fall days will come to a close and the temperatures will drop.  I had spent 2 weeks thinking about the need to winterize them, along with being dismayed at 2 farm supply stores not having straw.

I opened the trunk and grabbed two re-usable grocery bags and scooped up the pine needles that were “raked” by the wind. This simple find reminded me of God’s presence in my life. And it’s always the small things, isn’t it?

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The Bible says God’s ways are not our ways. We tend to “see” God in the big things. He wants us to see him in the small things. Because these are the things that are very personal to us. He wants that kind of relationship with us.

See the hand of God in your life. If you can’t, just wait for it. He will show up. I promise.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

I Kings 19

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