This week while reading in my quiet corner, I was given another epiphany from my gracious Lord, Who has recently given me loving touches and reminders of His goodness, most especially in small, everyday graces which can easily be overlooked. My current Bible study in Gideon (Priscilla Shirer, Lifeway publishers) has prodded me to look for His good work in the midst of the mundane, as He did to Gideon while he was threshing wheat in the winepress (see Judges 6).
I was in my “corner,” thanking God for being with me in every minute of the day and in every situation when my mind stopped, and I thanked Him for the chair I was sitting in. I had prayed for YEARS that God would help me to be more faithful to my quiet time and to devote that time to Him without so many distractions. Sadly, my own commitment to this saw its ebbs and flows in my attempts in different areas of my home.
[bctt tweet=”When is the last time you recognized small every day graces of Jesus?”]
Sitting at my desk I found myself distracted by the piles of papers needing my attention (yes, this is another area that needs help!!!). I also had tried the bedroom, but found that the volume of Hunk’s early-morning TV news in the adjacent living room was just loud enough to disrupt my thinking skills. Well, then I thought, “Aha! My sewing room upstairs is perfect! I’ll go up there in that absolutely delightful, ‘just-my-own’ space and this will be my oasis of calm and connection. Nope. Not so. Instead, I found myself wanting to jump into a quilting project, or to straighten the mess I had left the last time I was there. So, I returned to my desk.
BUT, God was at work for me! To make a long story longer (ok, I’ll abbreviate) – a stockpile of bargain-basement furniture was made available to my attention, and I chose this zebra chair because it is just so cute! Yes, it’s not the taste for everyone, but it just yelled, “BUY me!” So I did. Hunk questioned my sanity, but because he is always so good to me, he indulged me, obediently took me to get it loaded (ANOTHER long story), brought it home, and placed it carefully in my corner.As it turns out, this chair is perfect for kneeling in front of, supporting my weak back, sitting and meditating upon Words of scripture, and taking me away from the distraction of my desk, which is only inches from my corner chair. Yet, the corner seems to be miles away, isolated from the rest of the world, and is the place I’ve found as HIS provision to me.
[bctt tweet=”His tender provision of this place underscores my faith in His attention to the smallest details.”]
His tender provision of this place just underscores my growing faith in His attention to the smallest details of our lives. He LOVES us and is at work to draw us nearer Himself, to show us His righteous character, and to make us more like Him. He gave me this chair, which I didn’t ask for directly, didn’t really NEED, and couldn’t possibly have conceived its value. He has touched me spiritually and physically through a second-hand, fake-skin zebra chair. As Jesus said over and over, the one who has ears to hear and eyes to see WILL see and hear Him.
Lord, please open my eyes every day to see Your good hand at work. Open my ears to hear Your voice as You prompt me to live like You. Open my heart to extend Your grace to each person I see during my mundane tasks.
Aleta Biddy defines her self as a gray-haired mother of four, wife of husband (Hunk), and retired 20-year homeschool teacher. Currently she spends her hours tending the home and retired Hunk, being mom/friend to two in-house adult daughters and one out-of-house son, taking Mother to various doctors’ appointments, teaching Bible study to overachievers who meet at 7 a.m. each week, and making as many trips as possible to the East Coast to see the married daughter and her Marines-pilot husband. She firmly believes God has graciously equipped her to wear many hats, and hopes to someday become proficient in at least one of them!