Monday, August 12, 2013
It's The Little Things...
Have you ever noticed that the little things can bring such joy to an ordinary day, can comfort and sustain, can bring a smile where maybe there wasn't one before? That little glass creamer bottle with a sprinkling of flowers calms me whenever I walk by it. The strawberry handmade by Heather brings me a smile whenever I walk in the kitchen. I ordered some beautiful items from Heather and she took the time to add all these lovely touches…it's the little things.
Moving has been hard. What I've noticed in the 2 1/2 months that we've been here is how much I miss the little things. I walk into the grocery store as an invisible shopper. No one smiles, no hello. I pulled up some day lilies over the weekend and set them by the road thinking that I'd meet some neighbors. All the plants disappeared but not one hello. We come and go to various churches as we search for a new church home and I am surprised to know that we are invisible there as well. I didn't realize how much this was affecting me until we ran into some acquaintances we know through college baseball. I was asked how I was and this person kindly touched my arm and it almost brought me to tears...it's the little things.
I'm not telling you this to have you feel sorry for me. This has caused me to open my eyes to my own behavior and I thought perhaps we could learn together. I walked by plenty of people at church hurrying to get to my pew and my friends. I breezed through the grocery store intent on my list and not the lady next to me. How many people needed a hand on their shoulder or someone to look them in the eye and ask how they were and then stayed long enough to hear their response? Why do we always have to be in such a hurry?
God has taken me right out of my comfort zone and placed in me in the wilderness. I know he's here with me and that his plans will be revealed. I know this is going to hurt for a while. I also know that God wastes nothing so today I'm going to be looking around me with a set of brand new eyes and looking for ways to bring joy to others through the little things.