I want to tell you a story.
A couple of months ago, as I was walking out of the middle school auditorium, lost in conversation with a friend, I felt something grab hold of my wrist.
I looked down and noticed my bracelet was gone. This bracelet wasn’t fancy. It wasn’t worth much. But it was a Christmas gift from my nephew and means a great deal to me.
I thought what I felt must have been the bracelet slipping off my wrist. I told my friend I had to find it and excused myself to begin the search.
I looked all around where we had been talking. Up and down the hall.
Where was it?
And then I thought, maybe it’s in the auditorium? But that doesn’t make sense. I felt it slip off in the hallway.
I wandered back to the auditorium to where I had been sitting. Gold confetti had been shot out of cannons multiple times during the production, and most of the floor was covered. I began to fear there was no way I would find this dainty bracelet.
A friend approached me and asked what I was looking for.
“My bracelet,” I replied. “But I think it’s lost. I don’t know how I can find it.”
“Is it that one?” he said.
I looked down and there it was.
“How did you find that with all the confetti?!” I asked in amazement.
“I just looked and it was there.”
I was stunned. How in the world did I feel my bracelet in the hallway when it was by my seat the entire time?
And it struck me. This was a gift from God.
The feeling I felt on my wrist. My friend showing up at that exact moment when all the auditorium had long since been cleared.
Friends, God cares not only about the big stuff, but the small stuff, too. These things that happen to us all the time, that we dismiss as luck or good fortune or coincidence – these are gifts from God.
I have had so many moments like this in my life. Tangible, physical reminders of God’s presence. Of HIs goodness and His faithfulness and His kindness.
Nothing is lost with Him.
Sometimes, it may feel like He doesn’t hear our prayers. Sometimes, it may feel like He’s absent or doesn’t care – but friends, He does. He cares so much more than we can ever fathom.
Abut the big things. The small things. And everything in between.
I would have been so sad to have lost the bracelet from my nephew and had I not felt that nudge, and had my friend not shown up in that exact moment, it would have been lost.
Friends, I don’t know what you are facing today. Maybe it feels like an impossible mountain to climb. Maybe it feels like you are alone. Or maybe it feels like a whole bunch of small things you aren’t sure how you will get through. Whatever your day may hold, I hope you know deep down in the bottom of your heart and all through your body and soul – that God loves you. So very, very much.
And He cares. He cares about you. He cares about me. He cares about us all.
May we rest in that knowledge and find peace in that truth today.