The Simple Things
My Dad started showing signs of Parkinson’s by the age of 60. He has done extremely well considering the difficulties of the disease. Now he also suffers from fluctuating blood pressure which causes him to black out frequently. Life, for all of us, has many challenges. Through it all we can see the Hand of God in the situations that come our way, like the other day in a parking lot when my Dad’s blood pressure dropped and he once again fell to the pavement. Quickly, a man scooped him up and placed him back in the car. My Mom said it was like he was picking up a rag doll with no effort at all. Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. (Acts 3:7) My Dad was not healed in that moment, as the lame man was in Acts, but Dad knows that one day complete healing will come.
Dad turned 78 years old recently. I called to wish him a Happy Birthday! He was having a good day! He and my Mom had just gotten home from a drive to one of their favorite spots near Monterey. They had gone there for a picnic. I called just as they were arriving home for their afternoon nap. That’s the kind of day you want when you are 78! A fun day followed by a nap. What else is needed? Well, obviously God knows what else is needed.
The night before my Dad’s birthday, my parent’s neighbor came over and rang their doorbell. He was delivering some freshly cut rhubarb from his garden. Did the neighbor know that rhubarb pie was my Dad’s favorite pie? No, he didn’t. Did he know that the next day was my Dad’s birthday? No, he didn’t! But God did! The timing of the delivery of fresh rhubarb was a gift from a God who loves us down to the minutest detail! Fresh rhubarb makes the best pie!!
Recently during a particularly difficult time health wise in my Dad’s life, not knowing which way things may go, my Dad said this: “Dying is not a problem. It is an opportunity.” When we look at life, and death, as opportunities to witness God’s goodness in this life, and in our Heavenly life to come, it can get us through anything!
God used the kindness of a stranger in a parking lot, the thoughtfulness of a neighbor with a gift from his garden, and the delicious pie-making skills of my Mom to deliver His love in very special ways to my Dad. Sometimes it’s the simple things that mean the most!
When Searching And Noticing the Divine, pay particularly close attention to what you’re in need of, because God knows what it is, and He may soon be delivering it to you!
We love, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)