God is a God of details as well as the big picture.
He has attention for all things and He does not miss anything.
His faithfulness has been incredible and I have learned so much each and everyday.
It humbles and blesses me.
This weekend I had a moment of learning.
It was something small and personal to me, but it reaffirmed God’s loving care.
We have white dishes we keep set out on the dining room table for meals.
Years ago when everyone had the responsibility of dealing their own plate it made sense to place them back on the table where each person sat so I could easily tell who had followed through on taking care of their dish and who had forgotten.
After living here for a bit Anne began to make a pot of tea and set it on the table for breakfast.
Jase and I thought this very nice and we all enjoy drinking tea each morning.
We have been using my Grandmother’s china cups for our morning tea and although I enjoy using them I have found myself wishing we had an everyday set of tea cups.
Each time I caught myself thinking along that line, I tried to make sure I was turning that desire over to the Lord and thanking Him for the tea cups we already have and enjoy.
Because tea cups are not a need and I do not want to waste time wishing for those things God has not given me.
Thus, when we were unpacking a box from a unit my husband had recently purchased and there were six white tea cups and saucers I was hesitant.
They matched our everyday set of white dishes, but God had not told me if I was to sell them, give them away, or keep them.
Days went by and I kept praying about what to do with these tea cups until one morning this weekend.
I had gotten up and walked toward the tea cups with the intent of using them for morning tea and the Lord spoke to my heart.
You have not asked Me
“Oh dear! I am so sorry Lord! You are right! I did not ask. Please forgive me!”
I turned around and went about getting breakfast without the tea cups.
Later, I was in my room praying about this.
“Lord, I am so sorry about almost using those tea cups! I feel awful!”
You have not asked Me.
“Yes, Lord! I know I didn’t ask and I will sell them or give them away. Just please tell me which You want me to do.”
After praying for other things I went back to the kitchen for something and my eyes feel on the tea cups.
The Lord spoke so clearly to my heart.
Child, you have not asked Me for them.
“Wait…Lord, do You want me to have these? Would You be willing to give these to me?”
Would you give them to your child if they asked?
“Yes, of course.”
Then ask Me.
“Lord, may I have these tea cups?’
Yes, of course.
I set the table with the white tea cups and brewed a pot of tea.
My shortsightedness almost caused me to blush, but my God’s love and care for me brought me to tears.
Happy tears of realization that I still have so much to learn.
Not long later we all sat around the table eating breakfast and drinking our tea.
Our son was thoughtful and quiet for a time and then looked up at me.
“Mom, when I grow up and leave the house can I have these tea cups? I love them.”
I am sure God was smiling too.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your patience with me. I am so amazed at how You know exactly what I need to hear and You speak straight to the real issues inside my heart. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your loving care. Thank You for walking with me in so many things and guiding my life into a closer walk with You. Lord, I want to be a reflection of You to all those around me. I want other people to know You and to experience the incredible love You have for them. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise, all honor, all glory. May Your light shine brightly to those who have yet to see Your truth and even brighter to those who have put their trust in You. I love You, Jesus. Amen.