I Spy With My Little Eye…
by Michael S. Tyrrell
September 28, 2021
Hey there, Wholetonians, happy Tuesday!
I think just about everyone had an “I Spy” book as a kid, and spent hours poring over the pages trying to find the dozens of specified items hidden among the hodgepodge of things in the photo. It was challenging because there was always too much going on, making it difficult to distinguish and appreciate any one item in all the clutter.
In the “I Spy” books, one page might consist of gadgets and things you’d find in the kitchen. Another page might include toys and things you’d find in a child’s room. Although each page contained literally thousands of objects, only a few were designated as those to find. Usually, the first few noted items would pop out at you within the first minute or so, but then as the eyes got tired and overwhelmed, the last few items became almost impossible to locate. There were times you needed to close your eyes or look away for a while in order to come back and see with more clarity to find those final objects.
And when you finally saw the elusive objects, you would notice that they were hidden in plain sight making you think, “How did I miss that?”
Sometimes it may feel like we are hunting for God in the cluttered chaos of our days and lives. Of course, He’s not hiding. He reveals Himself through His creation, through His Word, the Bible, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit sent to live in the hearts of all who believe. But the daily distractions, busyness, fires to put out, and to-do-list of things can clutter our view of God.
One cool late afternoon, as I was heading to the store for Lillian, I parked by one of the small oases of trees, grass and manicured brush that dot the parking lot. As I hurriedly got out, I heard some chirping and saw movement in the brush out of the corner of my eye. I paused and looked closer and noticed a little sparrow heading under the shrub to roost for the evening. It reminded me of Jesus’ words:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” ~ Luke 12:6,7
As my attention was stilled, I then noticed the fading sunlight glittering through the leaves of the trees. Beyond the leaves, the sky to the west was ablaze with the colors of yellow, orange, pink, and violet. I became aware of the delicate scent of the Azalea flowers on the bush. Across the lane, a young mother was lifting her young child out of the shopping cart and into her waiting carseat. As she did, she tenderly kissed the little girl’s forehead, speaking soft comforting words.
As I took in these scenes, it reminded me of the “I Spy” books and how there are so many hidden treasures all around us just waiting to be discovered.
God is always with us, waiting for us to see His new mercies, created fresh for us daily.
I pray you are able to pause in stillness for a moment today to spy God in your surroundings. He is there among the mass of distractions, waiting for us to connect and enjoy His love.
God bless you!
Michael S. Tyrrell
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