Yuck!! I went without sugar in my coffee for three days– THREE days. But not because I was on some diet: I just couldn’t find it. I looked EVERYWHERE!!! Next to the coffee pot (of course), in the cabinet with the flour, in the pantry, in the refrigerator, in EVERY CABINET– EVERYDAY, for 3 days– I looked and looked. On the fourth day, as I’m groaning about coffee without sugar, my husband walks in and asks what I’m upset about. When I explain that I guess we are out of sugar because I can’t find it, HE SAYS, “No we aren’t, it’s in the sugar jar.” I turn my head ever-so-slightly to the right, and look at my GLASS sugar jar ON THE COUNTER and see that, indeed, it is full of sugar. SO, I had gone without sugar, not because I didn’t have any, but because I was looking in the wrong place.
And I began to wonder: How many other things do we go without because we are looking in the wrong place? Happiness from a significant other? Fulfillment from a job? Peace from a bottle? Self-worth from our possessions? Often we move from place to place, house to house, job to job, friend to friend, spouse to spouse looking for something that we never find– because we are looking in the wrong place.
One of my favorite passages of all time is in the Book of Acts:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Act 17:24-28)
So I am praying for you today that you will know that God has placed you exactly where you are at exactly this time so that you will find him— and maybe even know that He was there all along 🙂
ps. My husband says he is very worried about me!!