When You See it and When You Don’t

Our daughter Maggie got engaged last weekend.

We exclaim, “Oh, yes!”  We can clearly see God’s faithfulness, His provision, His plan.  And we sing, like it’s New Year’s Eve, with confetti and streamers and hugs

Great is Thy faithfulness O God our Father.”

Two new babies were born to friends this week.  And we sing

“Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not.”

A delightful surprise package of gifts appeared on our back step.

Blessings all mine and ten thousand besides.”

A dear friend was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer.  And it’s hard to see, but we try to sing

“Strength for today…”

The homeless guys still show up on our corner every day, and we have loved ones who are still prodigals, and others who are single, or childless and don’t want to be.  We want to sing a lovely future into their lives.

 “and bright hope for tomorrow.”

Israelis and Palestinians are killing each other.  Our voices waver a bit…

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth.”

Years ago we took the girls on a family vacation to Colorado.  They were little and excited.  It was the first time they would see the mountains.

But Maggie couldn’t.  She kept saying, “I.  Do.  Not.  See. Them!”

Part of it was she knew the word “mountain”, but didn’t know what to look for.  She thought mountains were an object she could touch.

They were too big for her mind.  She was looking for small.

Her idea of “mountain” was different from the reality.

This is our family hymn.

Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Sometimes the words of praise are a spontaneous overflow from our heart.

Faithfulness looks like we expect it to.

Other times we sing the words in hope that someday we will “see” it.

Faithfulness seems obscured by the fog of hard circumstances.

Sometimes we can sing the words ourselves.  But other times we need the community of believers around us to carry the tune for us.

 Sometimes God’s faithfulness is bigger and different than what we recognize with our near-sightedness.

Where do you see God’s faithfulness this Thanksgiving?  Where are you trusting others to see it and sing it for you?

5 Comments

  1. Fantastic thoughts, Laura. A powerful concept to think of how we look for the “small” to the point of missing “the big.” Great is God’s faithfulness indeed!

  2. OH YEAHHHH!!!! Congratulations to Maggie and Austin and to you John and Laura!! And Katy! How exciting!! How happy we all are for each of you!!
    I appreciate
    your thoughts today – and how you connected them to Great is Thy Faithfulness. It’s difficult to be consistent in doing . . . but it is the stance God desires for us to take: And that is to choose Him. Choose Praise. Choose thankfulness. Choose Love. Choose trusting the God of the Universe who has all things in His hands and under His watch . . . and always remains faithful to us. We’re the ones who fail to be faithful to Him. My prayer is to BE more thankful and therefore become more faithful.

  3. We are so happy to hear about Maggie’s engagement! What great news! Can’t wait to hear about all the details. Love you guys and LOVE your blog!

    Cate

    Acts 24:3
    Everywhere and in EVERY way, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude!

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