When It’s Too Small to Notice
By Harold Lee Wilson II
Take breathing. Think about it. Ponder the depths of what many of us take for granted. Expand your lungs and breathe in a perfect composition of molecules your body needs to survive. Exhale the unused and unneeded parts. Consider your body passing out the oxygen to the various parts of your body so you can talk, walk, move, blink, see, smell, and overall CONSIDER in the first place. Then, take another breath and do it all again.
How easy it is for us to overlook the same things in our lives. We pay no attention to the fact that the sun rose today to bring us warmth or that the wind blows to keep us cool. We look past the smiles of strangers, the music in the air, the laugh of a child or the tears of the broken-hearted.
Miracles, one and all. Yet, miracles that we have started to take for granted.
One of my favorite authors, Max Lucado, calls these small miracles “Godwinks”. It’s a period of our lives–maybe an extended time or but a single moment–when God looks down at you and gives you a friendly wink. To Him, it is a small token of His love for us. To us, however, it can become the life changing event that we never even knew just happened.
One of my greatest flaws is my greatest strength as well. I have an extremely active (overactive?) mind. I never stop thinking. This makes it hard to sleep, at times, but also allows me to become numb to some of the troubles that people try to bring my way. Because of my mental activity, I often fail to see when God winks at me. I find myself questioning if He is even paying me any attention, when, unknowingly, He steadied my steps where I would have slipped and broken a leg or keep the guy next door from stealing my stuff.
It’s easy to forget just how good God is. It’s easy to focus on all of the things He has NOT done for us, but fail to see just how much He is really doing. We may feel forgotten, but we are always on His mind (Isaiah 49:15). God is ready, waiting and willing to do for you whatever you need. You simply have to pay closer attention to your ABBA and ask (Matthew 7:7).
What have you failed to notice? What blessings have you received that you forgot about? Or overlooked? Or taken for granted? If you’re like me, the list is probably longer than you care to admit. When life gets busy, be sure to slow down and pay closer attention to the little things. After all, we’re one in 7 billion, but to God, we’re not too small to be noticed.
May God bless you and keep you in all you do. (He will whether you notice it or not!)