We're just about half way through summer. Life carries on and so do we. Nothing profound is going on in our part of the world. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, grown daughters, grandchildren, picnics at the river and beach, writing and a few creative projects…. they are all the everyday things that I am up to this summer.
I got my crocheting out again recently. It has been a few years since I have worked on any kind of crocheting or knitting. Marie, Elizabeth and I found a large stash of yarn that I had stored. We all got inspired and have been crocheting ever since. It has been very satisfying to crochet in the spare moments.
The grandkids and I are going to paint rocks this week, and I bought a bushel of Georgia Peaches at a roadside stand the other day. I am thinking of making a Cream Peach Pie; these are ordinary uneventful little things to be sure, but they are the substance of life. I remember when I was growing up, how the summer seemed to stretch so long. My best friend Judy and I would mull over what we wanted to do on each day, and would always end up riding our bikes, swimming, playing board games, hopscotch or four square. or walking to the little 7 eleven convenience store a couple of miles away. Our biggest cares were the few chores that we had to do, and where we got the latest skinned knee. There is something so sweet about those days, that were simple, and uneventful. Some of the little mundane have more value in them than we sometimes realize.
I don't think we should underestimate the value of the ordinary and little things. Living a peaceful and quiet life in itself is a testimony. A smile someone gives you when you are struggling with something painful in your life may seem small, to them, but it is really BIG to you. I know this first hand. A little word of encouragement may go unnoticed by others; but to you it is huge and it does not go unnoticed by God. He sees the faithfulness in all of the little things that you do: getting up each day and providing for your family, the kindness you show to others, the help you offer, the noticing of someone that no one else notices, the eye contact you make with a smile or a nod or a kind word, the honor you give others, the words you speak, the sweet memories you create with your family, the work you do with diligence, the prayers you pray for loved ones and strangers alike, the forgiveness you extend, the love that flows from you, expressed in a touch or an action; cooking a meal or writing a note or making a little gift or even the giving of a cup of cold water, It is valuable, its like glue that holds our life together.
Have a great week Everyone.
And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Matt. 10:42