"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Cup Overflowing, 741-760

I read this earlier today: we give thanks to God not because of how we feel, but because of who He is.  And He is all good and He is all benevolent.  All the time.

#741  that my heart has been fashioned to long after God (and so has yours)

#742  a neighbor's freshly homemade blueberry jam delivered to my front door

#743  a tiny ladybug in a small hand

#744  watching a great-granddaddy teach a great-grandson to prune

#745  for advanced technology that allows 2 people on different places on the globe to connect

#746  for a little boy who sleeps well through the night allowing his grandmother to do the same

#747  the gift of rejection -- it allows the opportunity to enter into the suffering of Christ and to extend grace

#748  that I was raised in a home that taught Christ and not some other world religion ... or no religion at all

#749  for cowboys waiting to be let out of the stall

#750  season's first freezing

#751  a morning of planes and discovery

#752  getting on the floor and "playing cars" for the umpteenth time of the day with my favorite little meister

#753  kneeling in prayer with a 2-year old

#754  the way God undeniably speaks to me -- prodding me in a certain direction

#755  yet another nest of baby birds on my front door making 2 this season

#756  the sound of women's pencils scrawling gifts across a lined page

#757  a plate of goodies, cookies and strawberries, set out by a hostess

#758  hugging a friend

#759  two baby kittens playing just outside my window

#760  a father and son reunion


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Little Dose of Humility at the Drive-Through

I pulled up to the drive-through banking and put my check in the cylinder before placing it in the tube that would send it on its way to the 2 tellers inside the small, brick building.  I could see that one of the ladies was helping a customer in the lane to my left while the other stayed busy doing something else.  Probably taking her morning break, I surmised.  Because I was in a hurry to get to Bible study (yes, I even hate to admit that fact), I started getting a little miffed that the second teller wouldn't stop what she was doing and help me out. All I needed was to cash a small $25 check.  No multiple transactions here. And so I waited ... and waited ... and waited ... getting more and more frustrated with each passing moment.  After all, I had a Bible study to get to!

FINALLY, the other car drove away, PRAISE THE LORD! and I heard the teller who had been so diligent at work say, "Ma'am, would you please press the button to send me your tube?"  Dang it.  I had been sitting there the entire time waiting to be helped and grumbling to myself for the lack of it, and I was the reason for the delay the whole time.  

But you know, I had to laugh about it as I sat there waiting for her to complete my transaction.  Isn't that the same thing we do to God?  There He is with all the resources to help us, ever willing to help us, and we get miffed because He seems preoccupied with something else.  In reality, what He is often doing is just waiting on us to our part.  To join Him in the transaction.  

A little dose of humility never hurt anybody.  In fact, it can prove quite helpful ... especially as one heads in to teach Bible study.  

Just an ordinary moment...