A Purse

God knows our every need, and He is our great provider. We think of God providing in financial ways, but sometimes we are poor. We think of God providing with our health, but sometimes we are sick. We think of God providing loving families to support us through all things, but sometimes we are estranged. So does it even count when God provides in the small ways when some of the biggest ways seem to have been forgotten? I believe so.

Today is my granddaughter, Kylie’s, 11th birthday. I can remember when I turned eleven very well! No one told me life would go by so quickly—and that life would be so good, and yet so hard, all at the same time. There’s much we don’t know about how God structured this world. Sure, He left us with a very Good Book to help us handle it all, and for that I am grateful. What a valuable tool the Bible is! It can comfort us, warn us, instruct us, love on us, give us hope, relieve our worrying, and so much more. And when we read it, there are not only the big treasures to be found, but very tiny ones, also. It is living and active. A verse can speak to our need one way, and then a year later the same verse can speak to us in another way. My friend said, just the other day in reading Genesis again, that when God separated the light from the dark, she read it in a new way. He certainly did separate the day from the night, but He also separates good from the evil. And so it goes, we keep on learning and going deeper with our Lord when we spend time in His Book and with Him in prayer. It is good.

Separating light from dark is a big thing. Jesus putting the ear back on a Roman solider that had been cut off is a big thing. Raising Lazarus from the dead is a big thing. We are wowed by those things. But let’s not miss the small details that are like individual leaves on the whole tree of Truth found in God’s Word. In reading Hebrews eleven, it starts off saying, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV) For emphasis I read the passages this way; “By faith (being sure of what he hoped for and certain of what he did not see) Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did.” I went through each person of faith listed there. It really spoke to me about how each of them were called to do something in their lives. It left me thinking about what we are called to do in our own lives. We have to be sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, each and every day. We are all hoping and waiting for something. That’s how life is designed, and God knows it. Perhaps He gives us thousands of small blessings to teach us how to be sure and certain of the big ones we are waiting for, especially our eternal life in Heaven.

Searching And Noticing the Divine moments that I write about are usually small things. But they are so much fun—like spotting a perfect purse for Kylie for her birthday while I was out shopping. I was not looking for a purse. That was not on “my” list. But, the morning of Kylie’s birthday, she was in a hurry and couldn’t find her purse. She was headed out for the day and needed it to carry a few things. (Believe me, she wasn’t missing her credit cards at age eleven!) I quickly had her unwrap her gift, and she was set for the day. I can still see that purse hanging on the rack at the store, and me thinking, “Oh, that’s perfect for Kylie.” God knew what she would need…and He spoke to my heart about it. So I bought it!

This morning in church, it was taught that when Jesus said, “I will never leave you,” it was difficult to translate because in Greek it actually has five negative participles, which means Jesus will never, never, never, never, never leave us. That’s how strongly our Lord wants us to know He is our Helper through the big and small things of life. Thanks for the purse, Jesus!

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13: 5-6 (NKJV)