Carrying Your Pack
There are times when we wish God would simply show up. We think we need a miracle, some grand display of power. But, we forget providence, the everyday miracle where God orders thousands of details for our good and for His glory, showing His kindness through everyday events, sending encouragement we sometimes miss. We see only the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, so intent on something right before us that we miss the larger picture He is painting.
Then, He steps in. He sees our blindness to His work, His goodness, and His love. In short, He "puts the cookies on the bottom shelf", making it easy for us to be reminded of His providence. In hiking terms, this might be compared to someone showing up to carry your pack for you through the White Mountains, while still carrying theirs. It is then, unmistakably, you see them and their heart and recognize the beauty of their true friendship and kindness. How could you miss it?
This happened to me when a friend traveled 15 hours to perform my daughter's wedding, the third time he dropped everything to do this for one of my kids. If that weren't enough, he then drove 6 hours to take one of them to the airport, sharing conversation with me until we arrived back home at 2:30 a.m. Following all that, he will drive 15 hours back to the trail. For 30 years, He has loved my children like they were his own. He has prayed for them and for me. He has been "a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).
Thank you, Circuit Rider, for reminding me of the love of God in a very tangible way. I couldn't miss the message He was sending me this weekend. You delivered it again without preaching a word.