It is becoming a greater reality to us that when we have abundance, what we once appreciated in its novelty becomes the normal and mundane. The longer we are here in a part of the world that appears to move very slowly through time, the better a peanut M & M tastes; the more enamoring digital clocks, straws, and paper towels seem; the more foreign that drinking water straight from the tap is; the more thankful I am for an oscillating fan in 90 degree heat; and the more I appreciate slow internet for a 5 minute video chat with our family.
While many of these “things” make life more convenient, efficient and seemingly more enjoyable, I’m realizing more and more how so much “stuff” becomes a distraction from what the Father wants us to see and know.
I love experiencing everything in its most simple form. I hear drums beating, children playing, birds fluttering, and roosters crowing. When I walk down the road I see livestock and people greeting each other warmly. I see fresh vegetables being sold by the side of the road and blooming flowers. Throughout the day I smell incense and roasting coffee wafting in the air. Sometimes I smell nothing but the still scent from the land. I can taste the fresh spices and vegetables in every meal and enjoy the sweetness of fruit straight from the tree . I can feel the rocks and bumpy ground under my feet, the calloused hands of the hard working people who greet me, and the refreshing breeze from the lake.
The Father has been reminding to take joy in the simple things. As I watch Esther play with old tin cans and a water spout which she prefers over her bright, colorful toys. As children of all ages in our neighborhood squeal as they blow and chase after bubbles and kick around a deflating beach ball. As we sit in a mud house the size of our bedroom, being fed a spread of local food with friends who worked hard to be able to prepare so much for us to eat.
The Father gives us a big picture of Himself in such small things. He reminds us that He is the creator of all things and we need to w*rship Him, not a person or company. He shows us that He is enough to give us joy, not the latest technological gadget. He shows us that He is about real relationships rather than impersonal cyber friendships. He shows us that He desires for all people to know Him.
The Father blesses and provides for much more than we know. Let us take notice of even the small things and give Him the thanks and praise He deserves from His children.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O L*rd, and all your saints shall bless you!