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When you need to see God's love in hard things

Originally published Sunday, 30 November 2014.

Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps? Job 31:4 (NIV)

There is light dancing on my wall.

Shimmering. Playing. Shifting.

Each morning for the past week I’ve been waking up to the sight of sunshine filtering through the trees and projecting the waving branches on my wall. 

It’s a beautiful sight. 

As I’ve sat mesmerized looking at it I’ve felt like God has been painting light on my wall as a gift to me. 

Surprising me with beauty and inviting me to share a few moments just appreciating the splendor of what he has created. 

For a few minutes each morning the dancing sun has broken my morning routine. 

The beauty in the sunlight has left me thinking how if I open my eyes, God is visible in every moment.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been praying, “Lord, show me how to love.”

Maybe it’s because I admitted to God that I don’t know the first thing about love, about God – but that I want to. 

Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading an advance release copy of Stormie Omartian’s new book, Choose Love

I’ve found that when God is trying to get my attention about something he puts that thing in my path all the time. 

So when I was offered the chance to read Choose love I thought, “Okay, God we’re on this love journey, let me see what you’re trying to tell me with these words. 

One line in her book really got my attention: 

There are so many things we do not appreciate in our life until we recognize God’s love for us in them. (tweet this)

I’ve let that sentence dance around my head like the light on the wall trying to figure it out. 

In so many ways it makes sense to me. The patterns on the wall painted with rays of sunshine were just that till I saw them as God’s love for me. 

And then in other ways it doesn’t, because what does that say about my husband having cancer, where was God’s love in that? 

I let the sentence play across my thoughts and then I begin to think of all the ways that friends and family loved us through my husband’s cancer treatments. 

The meals, the shopping, the cleaning, the notes, the little gifts, the kind words, the lifts. It’s not a short list. And as I write it, I begin to recognize all the ways that God’s love for me is evident in them. 

Sometimes it’s seems silly to me that God would try and get my attention with some light play but then I think about Job 31:4, which says: Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?

And I think, if God pays attention to how many steps I take then I’m pretty sure he cares about how light on the wall delights me and draws me to him. 

Ponder: Think of one surprising place or time that saw God’s love today?

Pray: God, please open my eyes to your love in the easy and hard stuff in my life. (tweet this)

Read Part IPart II and Part III of what God is teaching me as I pray, “Lord, show me how to love”. 

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