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The Little Things

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I rely on FM radio, particularly sports talk shows, to keep me sane as I drive. Sometimes it works, but usually it doesn’t.  However, one night God made sure I was tuned in. 

 As I was heading home that night, I was listening to Duane Walker hoping for new updates on the Coronavirus affecting sports or what the Falcons did wrong this time. Instead, he told an anecdote about how God works out all things, big or small, for our good. 

Walker explained he was alone shopping at Costco preparing for the upcoming pandemic. Walker bought meat, bread, milk, and the diamond in the rough: toilet paper. He made it out alive, grabbing the last of the Charmin on the shelves. As he was leaving, a lady came in alone, buying the essentials for herself. She was in her mid 50’s and in a wheelchair. He re-entered the store, following behind her seeing if she needed any help. She was frustrated that there was not any toilet paper and how she did not want to make a special trip just for it. He went and asked the stocker of the aisle to check if there was any more in the back. 

The stock boy more in the back. However, someone had miraculously decided they did not need anymore and put their rolls back. Walker claimed those rolls for the lady before they could hit the shelves. He greeted her with the toilet paper and they struck up a conversation. 

They talked about their families, jobs, and everything in between. He explained he was a radio host trying to put his daughter through college. She said she was an author and had just published a book. “Turning Lemons into Raspberry Lemonade” was a biography of Shirley Merrit, the author, her struggles, and her overcoming of Multiple Sclerosis. The woman thanked Duane for his valiant efforts and they parted ways.

 The next day Duane Walker bought the book. He wanted to learn about his new friend and what she had to say. He opened the book, read the introduction, and his jaw dropped at a particular line. Merrit says, “I hope my life story will serve as a medium to inspire, motivate, and uplift those individuals…” 

He immediately called Ms. Merritt and shared his astonishment. He pulled out his radio business card and read the small but significant one liner at the bottom,“To inspire, motivate, and uplift.” 

Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Through church, scripture, and devotions, we learn that God works in our lives. He has a plan that is much bigger and grander than we can ever imagine. However, in that message, I think we lose focus on the small, the daily, even the hourly things that God has for us.  

Living in quarantine is difficult. Most of us are confined to our houses, stuck inside waiting on things to get better, a day we cannot pinpoint on a calendar. Our weekly schedules are now missing community and fellowship. With no end in sight, it is hard to see God moving all around us. But, he is very visible in the small moments we take for granted. Whether it be a text message, a phone call, or just a social media post, He is working. 

 I challenge everyone, whether your day is busy or empty, take some time to find God around you. He’s always there. 

 "All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it." Ezekiel 17:24

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Peace in Chaos

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Peace is mentioned about 400 times in various versions of the bible. As humans our biggest vice seems to be worry. We want things to go a certain way, always being told to plan ahead. When I was in middle school I remember being asked what college I wanted to attend or what career I was pursuing. At the time I barely knew basic math much less what I would be doing in six years. We’re pushed by our parents, schools, jobs, and peers to be on top of everything and it’s unrealistic. We’re not built to carry all of that pressure and that's not how God intended it to be. 

The time we’re in now can seem scary and unpredictable. While that's true we only feel that way because we’re not in control. We’re able to make decisions for ourselves so when we’re told to stay inside in fear of catching a sickness we know nothing about, we are reasonably upset. Here's some good news though: God has already got everything planned out. If you're someone who stresses about the future, your family, income, or your health, know that you can cast those things on the lord and he will take care of them. Everytime I think about verse 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you”, I feel a wash of relief over me. In a time like this, it can be hard to focus on the lord and let him handle things. He’s bigger than us and he can get things done in the beautiful way he always does.

I know for some this is easier said than done. Trusting is a learned trait and it can be easily damaged by experiences or toxic people, but God is not of the world and he urges us to do the same. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15. If we focus on the negatives and get so distracted by all the bad and worry selfishly about ourselves we will never feel peace. How horrible that would be. Take this time to think about trusting the Lord and how you can spread his peace to others. What is meant for you will find its way I promise. 

Finding peace in the midst of God's work is difficult when we can’t see how he’s moving. In those times it’s important to focus on prayer. Whenever you find yourself worrying, take a moment to pray about it, even a short prayer the moment the thought comes to mind. It allows you to pass your worries to God and hopefully relieve some stress that you have. It is so important to keep trusting in God, keep diving into scripture and keep reminding ourselves that he is faithful. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” Romans 12:12

Best wishes,


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