When God does something really BIG in your life, you're awestruck at His power and faithfulness and mercy. A breakthrough, a healing, an answer to a long-term prayer, they're the memorable milestones of walking with our incredible Lord.
But I find I'm just melted by His love when He does something little. Something that isn't important in the grand scheme of things, but that means something to only me. Personal. Loving. Oh, my, it's those times I'm overwhelmed to realize how much He cares about me, about every detail of my life.
I had two of those this week, and of all the crazy things, they were about earrings.
A couple of months ago I lost one of a pair of my favorite earrings, french earwires with dainty round pieces of abalone shell. They went with so many of my favorite outfits. Not a clue, just gone. Chagrined, I asked the Lord to help me find it, but after all this time, I was thinking I'd try to get stuff from the craft store to make a new one.
Then a few weeks ago, I received a gorgeous pair of turquoise-and-silver danglies as a gift from a dear friend. Again, they were instant favorites. I wore them two weeks ago on a shopping outing--and alas, I didn't realize I'd lost one while trying on clothes in a store until an hour after we'd left. We drove back and retraced my steps, looked in the fitting room, asked at the service desk, but nothing. I felt sick at heart to have lost part of a loving gift, and so frustrated to have this happen a second time. It seemed almost too much to believe it could be found, but I asked the Lord to please find it.
Well, miracle #1...while shoving my sofa across the room this week in my fit of rearranging--there was my abalone earring right on the floor where the sofa had been! It hadn't been a good day so far, and you can't imagine my joy over finding that silly earring.
Miracle #2, today! We were out shopping again today, and on an impulse I grabbed the lonely turquoise-and-silver earring and stuck it in my pocket as we left. Back at that store once more, I showed it to the clerk at the service desk. She remembered me, said no, it hadn't been turned in. As I turned to go, she mumbled something and rummaged around in a bin on the back counter. "Wait!" she cried in surprise, and held up my missing earring! Incredible.
He didn't have to do it, but He did because it meant something to me. And I feel so loved! Just at a time I really needed it, He reminded me that if He can take care of the teeny stuff with such perfection, how can I doubt that He's got the answer for everything else I need?