A gentle whisper from the LORD...

"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." 1 Kings 19:11-12

Monday, September 6, 2010

Something Came From Nothing

Today day was a nothing day. My husband was scheduled to work on this Labor Day, we had nothing on our calendar and outside the skies were cloudy and the temps were cool. My goal was to make it to rest time and get cozy with a hot cup of coffee and over sized chair. But midway through the day, things began to change. Troy was home by lunch, the fall, cool winds picked up a bit outside and we were faced with a choice. Do we put the kids down for a nap or take a family walk?
That's when the excuses began: It was too late to start out for a walk. The kids were up late the night before so they needed their rest. They were grumpy and didn't deserve to go have fun...they needed to rest. But something in me began to gather tennis shoes and jackets. The next thing I knew we were headed out not only for a walk but to the park with the kite in hand.
And I am so thankful we did! Our nothing day became one of those favorite days...the kind of days that stick in your memory for years to come...the kind of day you remember as your favorite during your childhood. No, it wasn't anything special. We didn't break a world record. The news channels were not there to report a story. But something came from nothing.
It was cozy and safe. It was family bonding time. There were smiles and giggles, running and jumping. The kite flew high. The shoes came off and bare feel ran wild in cold grass. A cool breeze blew and the fall trees colorfully decorated the dull, grey skies. Something came from nothing!
This is a beautiful example of how God works in our lives. He takes a most ordinary and plain day and turns it into a burst of joy. And usually, the something may not look like much on the surface but in our hearts, we know that God has done something to our nothing kind of day!
So be prepared, especially in those nothing kind of moments. For what you think is mundane and routine, God has in mind something big and extraordinary. But remember, it may not be obvious to others. It may not capture the world's attention. But it's something. Something to ponder. Something to hold dear to your heart. Something for which to be thankful. Something to draw you closer to Him. God specializes in drawing something out of nothing!

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