The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.
In the morning, even before the sun bathes the trees with its golden light, I am awakened by the singing of the sparrows that the Lord sends to sit on the awning of our bedroom window. I listen to their symphony of shrill, untiring melody, even as I pull up the blankets and snuggle still, hoping for more minutes of sweet slumber. How many mornings have they waken me up to a new day and new inspiration – alive with the gifts of the Lord wrapped in manifold ways?
And as I sing my own rendition of hymns of love and thanksgiving to the One who fills and blesses our days, this bundle of joy, my little Tim, slowly peeps into the dark room, expecting to see me up and about. I bid him to come near and he leans on my lap and together, we savor the warmth and sheer sweetness of a tight morning hug.
The Lord sends His love in many surprising ways.
~ A huge bunch of beautiful daisies sent by a sister-in-Christ who is in Kuwait? His love knows no bounds!
~ Sweet bananas sent by another sister-in-Christ from the province with a note: I let them ripen naturally on the tree so that they would reach you in their sweetest. Just for you.
~ A birthday card from my girl, my sweet Hannah, with her own loving dedication and my favorite verse (John 10:10) which she has memorized. A card which is actually a Valentine’s card but she chose it anyways because as she has said, the design perfectly expresses her love.
~ My beloved mother-in-law and sister-in-law coming from the province, bringing the freshest vegetables harvested from around their home in the farm, and a live young rooster because they know I like to eat free-range chicken.
~ My older sister braving the oncoming typhoon and travels from the province anyways (a 7-hour bus ride) and surprising me with her big, happy smile. In the midst of rains and strong winds, she comes breezing into our home in her usual cheerful manner. And I ask why she is here, and she bursts out, “It’s your birthday!”
Can one really count the gifts of the Lord? They’re too many to count. If we only open our hearts as we intentionally look, then we would really see His gifts scattered everywhere, from the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we close our eyes at night. As we thank our way through the day, the more we see His gifts. A thankful heart sees even the hidden ones. And the more we see His gifts, the more we feel His love and care slathered in our lives.
One of my favorite songs that our Church’s Children’s Choir sings is I See You, Lord, and I also sing it in my private praise and worship time. Yes, we can see the Lord everywhere and in every moment, if we only take time to consider. I invite you to watch and listen to the video of I See You, Lord below. I pray you’ll be blessed by it.
May we have a gilt-edged week strewn with God’s wonderful gifts, my dear friends.
This post is linked to Multitudes on Mondays at A Holy Experience, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, Women in the Word Wednesday, Raising Homemakers