Our friend Dave, being a carpenter by trade, helped us fix our front porch a few years ago. At the beginning of the job, he found that we had a problem. The wood that they used back in the 1920’s, when this house was built, wasn’t “standard sized” as it is today. Brian and I were outside looking it over and making our suggestions when our daughter Jordan (then age 4) came running up the porch steps talking 900 for nothing about the volleyball game next door.
You know how it is. You’re talking about something important and one of your kids interrupts with something less important. So you nod in all the right places and tune them out, listening for “key words” that will tell you it’s time to pay attention again.
She was smarter than the average bear at four because she saw right through that trick. In the midst of wood sizes and angles I heard this plaintive and impatient voice say “MOM – LOOK!” So I looked back down at her and saw that she had shifted gears on me and was now pointing at the sky telling me to look. Being the dutiful mother, I looked and saw a beautiful pink, blue and purple sky. It registered and I took the time to say something along the lines of “Yes, it’s very pretty. Wasn’t it nice of God to paint that picture in the sky just for you?” Then it was right back to wood sizes, angles and porch options.
I didn’t think about it again, and I don’t believe that Brian did either since he didn’t even break stride in his conversation with Dave. We missed it … Remember, 1 John 4:8 tells us that “…God is love” and 1 Cor. 13:4 says, “Love is patient; love is kind.” This told me what I already knew; that God is patient and kind. Even though we missed the gorgeous sunset that He sent us that day as a small token of His abiding love, He gave us another chance the very next day. (Lamentations 3:23 “They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.“)
Brian stopped by Burger King on his way to work for a cup of coffee. As he waited in line, there was a lady with a little boy, about 4-years-old, in the line next to him. The little boy was having a high ole’ time spinning around with his arms outstretched and just as happy as he could be. Mom kept telling his to be still and shush (not that he was being really loud or disruptive) but he would just smile and keep right on spinning. Finally, an older man bent down in front of the little boy and asked him what in the world he was so happy and bouncy about. The little boy stopped spinning, looked in square in the eye and said (with a big grin) “I’m just happy because God made the sun smile on me today.” Talk about from the mouths of babes.
In Matthew 18:3 Jesus told the disciples “…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Like children, as in lacking the worldly ambitions to be the greatest or to have the most money, power or fame. How many times have you found yourself missing something that God is doing in your life because you’re so caught up in the business of everyday living? Jordan wasn’t so caught up in problems that she was too busy to notice God’s hand at work. The little boy at Burger King wasn’t so busy thinking about deadlines, bills or any other “adult” worry that he failed to notice a love note from God. Sometimes it’s too easy to tell ourselves that God must like so-and-so better because they’re more prosperous, more popular or more something than we are. Add that to the age old “He’s never there when I need Him,” and it’s easy to lose sight of the little things that God does to show you that you’re never far from His thoughts. When you find yourself thinking that God has forgotten about you, just remember Joshua 1:5 “…: Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. ” and look for those sunsets – they’re an “I love you” note from God.