Mercy is a purple dress

I had one of those days! You know, those days where so many little things go wrong that you think staying in bed all day might not have been a bad idea at all. And then someone broke the milkshake mug. The one that has a special design so that only that one can fit into the milkshake machine. It sort of just added insult to injury! So I went home to look for the epoxy glue. The kind that comes in two tubes that you have to mix. I have one of those drawers where all the odds and ends land up. I’m sure most people have one of those. I found one. And two empty ones. I was slightly upset but I remembered I had a small box of more odds and ends that I had put on a bookshelf when we moved to this house. And, there it was, the first thing I saw when I opened up the box. My whole day has been restored. It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy, and this was one of those small mercies.

Luke 5:9, “For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which he had taken.” That’s how I felt. I was so happy that God hadn’t actually forgotten about me. I know in my heart that He never forgets about me, but my flesh is very much inclined to forget!

Deuteronomy 6:12, “then, beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” As I said, my flesh is inclined to forget that God will never forget me, but also very much inclined to forget about God! How many times do I try to do things on my own, in my own strength. Today went badly because I was mostly doing it in my own strength. Reacting too quickly, not consulting God when I made a decision. If the bad parts were because I didn’t consult God, then what was the glue that I found? I didn’t consult God about it either. It was mercy, pure, undeserved mercy.

Titus 3:4-8, “But when the kindness and the love of God our savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Ephesians 2:4-5, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

Now, if God can do that for us, such a big thing, what are the little things to Him? We like to do our own thing and just muddle through, when everything could be so much better if we involve God in our daily routine. We could just become quiet and ask Him something simple like, should I do this or shouldn’t I? And He answers. God isn’t too busy to care about the little things in our lives. I remember in 2015, I was going to a ladies camp. About a week before the camp I dreamed that I was wearing a purple dress. It seems irrelevant, but I never wore purple, ever. When I woke up I remembered it so clearly and thought, “I didn’t look too bad in that purple dress, maybe I can wear purple,” Later that morning I checked my emails and there was an email about the things we had to take along to the camp. Right at the end of the list was written: Bring an item of purple clothing for Sunday. I was completely blown away. God cared enough about me to let me know that I could wear purple. He didn’t want me to feel terrible when I realized I was expected to wear purple. Nothing is too big for Him to handle, and nothing is too small for Him to care about. Hallelujah!

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