Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Have you been counting your blessings? Some of you will remember the Joy Dare I completed last year counting over 1,000 gifts from God throughout the year. Designed by Ann Voskamp with very specific gifts to look for, I was challenged to look outside the box and beyond the obvious. This challenge changed my outlook in many ways, including looking for the blessing in the most difficult eucharisteo. The eucharisteo that normally would make me ask, “How can there be any good blessing in this trial?” The Joy Dare also caused me to look for blessings in the smallest, minute things.
For my personal devotions, I’ve been reading the devotional book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. This month she too has focused on giving thanks to God. She writes in first person as if Jesus is speaking directly to the reader, which makes the scripture very personal in a way I have not experienced before. One day’s writing begins, “As you sit quietly in My presence, let ME fill your heart and mind with thankfulness.” What a way to jump start the day focusing on God and his faithfulness, and then giving thanks to Him throughout the day! Today’s reading gives this challenge:
“As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. I lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day.”
Yes, indeed! He did, and I found it! Who helped God strategically place it, I may never know. This blessing has most likely been there for years without my noticing, and had I noticed when my kids were young I probably would have missed the blessing. My response would have not been the laughter that welled up in me, nor the fun group texting among the family. No, I would have been upset. and if no one fessed up, all four would have been in trouble! You see, I have never been a fan of carved-in-wood graffiti, especially when it is my wood floor!!
This tiny little message is only two letters and 1/2″ x 1/2″. I discovered it carved into the floor of my upstairs hall. I have mopped that floor umpteen times through the years, yet this is the FIRST time I have ever noticed it. I do believe God has a sense of humor to give me this little greeting to brighten the day. This once too noisy home is now sometimes too silent even when I’m cleaning for a visit from my grown family. This little ‘hi’, sent me back to days gone by filled with the laughter of three ornery boys and their just as ornery sister. What sweet memories! What a blessing!
Today, I am thankful for this tiny scratched message. Though it has been in plain sight all these years, God knew the perfect time to let me discover it.