Have you ever stopped to consider that God can speak to us in the small things of life; the incidental encounters and seemingly unimportant happenings in any given day? This morning I read a devotional in The Upper Room by Tyrel Williams which reminded me that these “little things” are important to me and to God. Mr. Williams related a story about feeling the urge to go to the frozen food section of his grocery store and check out ice cream even though that item wasn’t on his shopping list. When he got to that aisle, he saw an elderly man who was having difficulty getting his favorite item off of a high freezer shelf. After helping him and returning to do some more shopping, he realized that the ice cream prompting came from a Heavenly Father who knew that senior citizen needed some help. What a loving God to care about ice cream!
Recently I received an answer of another sort when my first customer at the 2017 Appalachian Arts & Crafts Fair was a woman who had promised to return and buy our book last year, but forgot and left without it. I experience these disappointing situations at almost every sale, and had wondered why people tell me they are coming back and never show. But this year she came back and bought the book – now I had a concrete example of at least one person who was telling the truth. It encouraged me to realize that I don’t have to question others’ motives; sometimes things just happen. Deidre calls these situations a “kiss on the cheek” from God. He doesn’t have to do it, but does so that we can move forward in peace. Sometimes we actually get answers from Above!
Have you been kissed lately by God through a sweet little encouraging act of kindness from a friend, family member or even a stranger? If so, don’t take it lightly. Just revel in how amazing it is that the God of the universe and of all of creation takes time to see about us in the little things.
We like the way David said it in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him? How amazing God that you would even consider me. Indeed God does; so stay encouraged and know in every aspect of our lives, He cares.