Sunday, July 08, 2007

it's in the little things ...


it's in the little things, that i feel God's love towards me ...

the picture i've posted today is taken from my flower garden ... the "condo central" surprise from the Lord ...

the orange tiger lillies had already bloomed ... i thought the unopened ones were going to be the same colour ... i was wrong ...

instead this lovely lovely shade of lilly appeared ... and do you know that i had just been admiring this very colour in a friend's garden ... lo' and behold - it appeared in my own ...

it's in the little things ...

this morning i woke up sad ... i am generally a happy person and on most days my glass is half-full, if not downright overflowing ... not this morning ...

leo's chronic pain and his inability to do so many things we used to do ... that is sadness personified ... the fact he can't go bike riding with me, or just enjoy a walk around the neighbourhood ... or even go visiting ... the loss of those simple pleasures - well i want to cry sometimes ...

so today, when i wanted to close my computer - turn off the phones - and just have a pity party ... the Lord gave me a hug ... He used the extra e-mail from by BC sister ... which in turn spurred me to go for a bike ride and visit with my aunt and cousin ... then later in the evening, old friends surprised us with a little 30 minute visit ...

the day is ending better then it started!

i love the Lord ... more importantly - He loves me! ...

it's in the little things ...

20 comments:

Pilgrim Pals said...

Thanks for the little things Saija!
Blessings to you and Leo tomorrow, eh?...Love Terry

elizabeth said...

Glad some little things brightened your day!! If surely helps to look for the little things!! Many times that is all we are offered. I know how hard it is to live in chronic pain...and how hard it is to watch someone else suffer. Two of the hardest things in life, in my opinion. Bless you dear...(((((((HUGS))))))

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh yes!! It is the little things and His never ending love and care!
Susan

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

The trick is to notice those little things too Saija...Most people just let those things go right by them.
Sandy

Mari said...

I'm so glad you were able to see a glimpse of God's love. It is always there, but we don't always see it. This is a reminder to all of us to keep our eyes open for all he does for us. Prayers for you and Leo today and thanks for the reminder!

Pat said...

I understand your feeling sad..my husband is also suffering in his body - which also causes him to be depressed. Sometimes I feel so helpless when I can't help him, but God understands and sends these "little blessings" to cheer us and restore our joy. Your blog is often that blessing that God sends my way.
Enjoy that beautiful flower - and the creator above who loves you!

auntibeck said...

Yes, I know what you're going through and it is so hard. You already know the blessing will come and you will remain faithful while you are longsuffering. I just heard the story of the woman who wrote "He Giveth More Grace." She wrote her songs with a crayon or chalk wedged between crippled arthritic fingers flat on her back. Unbelievable story. When I heard that, I thought that is the proof in the pudding of your faith. I have suffered so little and done so little for the Lord in the process. I'm reading Hinds Feet--maybe you better get it -- it's a fun one to read through. But, "Please God, give my friend strength today to endure, and bless her richly as she has so richly blessed all of us, her blogging pals. And bring healing and peace into her life today."

auntibeck said...

p.s. Your lillies are so beautiful. Have you the variety casablanca there--the smell is unbelievable. You must be able to grow beautiful things in that soil.

Gavin said...

Hi Saija,

I don't understand how God loves me. If this is so, how come I am in so much pain all the time? As you might know arachnoiditis is no fun. It's just driving me into a deeper hole. There seems to be no end to this misery. I try to do everything I can to stop its progression but it is one step forward and two steps backward.

If there is a Supreme Being what have I done wrong? What can I do? I have been damaged by a very religious family who threatened me with all sorts of violence so my lack of belief has been strengthened.

I would love to have some kind of faith. I try to do right by everyone and by myself so it is not like I am a demon in disguise but my experience with religion and faith has not been good.

I read your blog regularly and really appreciate your photos but sometimes the sentiments are the things that I struggle with.

Gavin

Maggie Ann said...

Your lily is a beauty! I'm glad that the Lord sent extra little blessings to fill your day with. Thats just like him isn't it!

elizabeth said...

Suffering is hard to experience and hard to watch in a loved one. We only can look ahead to the day when it will be no more and we will be rejoicing and celebrating together for all eternity! But it does help a bit to look for the small things, doesn't it? I learned during my time of chronic suffering that a good day was a day to relax, to have time to read a good book, to have time to chat with a friend, to have a nice meal. And today, though the pain is gone (I was fortunate that my defective parts could be taken out after the 23 years of pain), it is still the same. Hubby had this week off work, and we both remarked how much we had enjoyed the week, puttering around the house, cleaning, dejunking and eating some comfort food together. We enjoyed it as much as if we had gone on some exotic vacation.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I love your beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing them. The little things of life are what really make it worth living. I know your tomorrows will be happier as you see that the most important thing is that you have your husband to touch and to hold and he to touch and hold you. connie from Texas

Saija said...

terry ... thank you, it was a wonderful day ..

elizabeth ... i've promised the Lord that i would just try to rest in Him, and to not make life any harder for myself ... i don't know why i get to rest? it just seems that is what i should be doing ... !

susan ... i'm glad the Lord never loses patience with us! :)

mari ... thank you for the prayer!

antbk ... thank you for praying ... and the story ... :o) ... the lilly i posted is called a "lollipop" lilly - or so i was told today ... i'm loving the flowers!

gavin ... thank you for your open and honest sharing ... i left a comment on your blog ... i pray that you find rest from the pain - but more importantly, that rest that your soul is seeking ... Jesus loves you very much ...

maggie ann ... thank you - and He has ... it was a great day!

elizabeth ... it's a blessing to be able to enjoy the simpmle things ... i'm glad you discovered that secret too ... *grin*

Saija said...

connie ... yes, when i focus on what i have, rather then don't have - i can see the blessings clearer!

Jammie J. said...

Awww, I'll give you a hug, too. :)

(HUGS)

Saija said...

jeanette ... thank you!!! :o)

Ba Doozie said...

It is amazing you don't get like that more often, I suppose

Saija said...

ba doozie ... i used too ... i like to think i've grown up abit more in God's grace ... and i hope to grow lots more!!!

Catherine said...

I'm a firm believer in the little things. :)

Saija said...

:o)