Tuesday's Thought

A Father’s Love (Part 1)

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Last night, our water heater began leaking from the base through the floor into our crawl space.

If you’ve followed me here for any length of time, you know lately we’ve run the gamete of home-related issues. My husband calls these moments “adulting”. Who knew life often becomes more complicated with age?

I love our little house, it’s a wonderful place with sun-exposed windows and peaceful quiet spaces. This spring, however, it’s decided to expose one major flaw per month. I say all that with a slight cringe. It’s been stressful, and yet, God has provided for us in major ways.

We could have struggled with a flooded crawl space, foundation issues, ants, and a failing water heater all in the same month. God saw to offer us weeks between. He even allowed for us to find the right people to accomplish each task and the finances to balance without deficit.

See, my spring has in some ways fallen into chaos. But when I step back from the moment and I survey my surroundings, I realize God has still acted with care. Zephaniah 3:17 says:

“The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

I have witnessed the quiet love of my Father. I can’t explain to you the major and minor expressions of it. There’s too many to measure. If I never paused to look beyond the issues of the moment, I would miss these provisions. I am not relieved of all troubles. There may yet come a day when the obstacles I face seem too large to handle. I hope in that moment I pause before my Father. There, He’ll come to me with quiet love, no more than a whisper, pointing me toward this truth–there is nothing in life too big for Him.

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