As I go through the day small (and sometimes large) events make me think of Scriptural principles. These events don’t prove the Scriptures to me…they are just like little parables or reminders of principles which the Scriptures have already taught me and the Holy Spirit has brought to mind.
Today we were leaving for drama and, as is fairly normal around here, we didn’t have a lot of time to get ready. I was trying to get my daughter’s socks and shoes on in a hurry. As I reached for the second sock, it fell down the back of her chest of drawers. I felt a momentary sense of annoyance and the thought popped into my mind, “Ahh, I don’t have time to fish it out!” But as I leaned over the back of the chest I glanced to the side and there, behind the cot, was one of her shoes.
She had only been wearing those shoes the day before so I have no idea how it happened to be behind the cot but I grabbed it out and put it on and we got out the door and to gym on time.
As I drove though, I thought about what might have happened if the sock hadn’t fallen. I don’t think I would have thought to look behind the cot, but I would have spent time looking in plenty of other places. It wouldn’t have really been a big deal as she has other shoes but one thing struck me. The thing which I had considered an annoyance and a problem actually ended up being the thing which saved me a lot of time. The thing which was actually good for me.
So often in life my perspective on the circumstances which come my way is like that. Usually, I don’t get to see the long term effects of the things I don’t like, don’t enjoy or see as a problem. This morning I reminded myself again that the Bible promises me… “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 I try to keep remembering this when I face bigger challenges than missing socks. As I have grown to know God more and trust Him more in the challenges I have faced, I find I remember this promise faster and find it a little easier to hold onto. There are still plenty of times when I don’t though. I am so glad that God gives me grace in the times I don’t remember.