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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Seeing God in Small Things

One of the things I often find myself struggling with is to remember to see God in the small things in this life so that I can learn to fully appreciate and give thanks for them as well as the big things. How important it is for us to see God in the small as well as the big! I was reading this morning in a sermon by Andrewes where he mentioned this in light of our receiving the greatest gift of all when we are given the Spirit. Preaching in 1621 on Whit-Sunday Andrewes says,

And hear you, you are to begin with datum, "not to despise the day of small things." It is the Prophet's counsel, to learn to see God in them. "Caesar's image," not only in his coin of gold, but even upon the poor "penny." See God in small, or you shall never see Him in great; in "good," or never in "perfect."

There is so much going on presently that I see as negative and painful in the Church and world where I often put impediments before me that hinder me from seeing God's mighty work in what would be termed as the small things in life. I am reminded of all the many small things in life that when put together to make up my life become big things where my eyes are open to God's hand in every aspect of my life. But to get a full appreciation that allows me to render a deep thanksgiving, I intend to find God working in the small areas of my life so that I can more appreciate and give Him glory for the things I may subjectively term big. God holds it all together and every good and perfect gift is from above.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Antonio said...

"Seeing God in Small Things".
Just as St. Therese of Lisieux did.
Jeff, I know you are already reading a lot of interesting books, but let me recommend you St. Therese letters.

3:00 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks Antonio, I'll check into that.

js

10:53 am  
Blogger tom dixon said...

I have been struggling with the same thing, there is so much going on in our lives that we see only the present and cant enjoy it because we worry about tomorrow, which we dont even know what it holds. my eyes need to be focused more on Jesus and not the things of this world. thanks for reminding me to look for the little things, God knows the big picture. tom

3:16 pm  

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