I know we all have big things in life that irritate us to the hilt and we have little things in life that irritate us just as much. For me, for some reason, it seems to me more of the little things. A dear friend said to me not long ago, “I can’t figure you out. You go — on purpose — to countries where there are people who would gladly kill you but you get all upset about a store locking its doors before closing time.” I laughed in the midst of my snort of frustration because he was so very right.
I have made a mental note to be aware of this and while doing so something else has taken place. I have been thanking Father in a fresh way.. He has been helping me, not only to be aware of the little things that cause frustration, with hopes to overcome that habit, but He has also made me aware of the little things that point to His own goodness: a stranger let me into a busy line of traffic, a young moorhen took flight for the first time right before my eyes. I watched this little bird grow up. The first flight brought a tear to my eye. I parted my curtains and stood frozen as a pink sky greeted me. Two little dogs that I walk in the mornings leapt into my lap just because they wanted to; their shining eyes touched my own heart with the love I saw there.
Today I did a clean out of stuff not needed. Old bits of boxes needed to be taken to the dump. I loaded up only to find out upon arrival that it was closed! Grrrrr an imitation began but then I glanced at the friend sitting beside me in the car and a smile of warm thankfulness filled me for her treasured friendship of many years.
I love God’s creation and often gaze at it, but this week I have been scrutinizing with fresh eyes. Every time an irritation has sought my attention, another thought has quickly interfered, leading me to something for which I can be thankful. The kindness of strangers, the love of a friend, and the handiwork of God. It has all been fresh air to an otherwise frustrated heart.
Little things can be so exasperating, but the little things can also be the biggest blessings.
Father, help our eyesight to see what’s important and what really isn’t.
“The Lord is my Shepherd. He gives me everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3a