One morning, not terribly long ago, I was sitting in the bed reading my Bible and Anna came in and crawled in bed with me and cuddled up. This is a rare occurrence so I was going to soak it up, no matter what I was doing! I continued reading, and she started looking at my Bible. The Bible I have has gilded edges and as she was looking, she said, “Mommy, if I pick up one page, I can’t see anything, but all of them together look gold and pretty.”
At that moment, a thought struck me…this is like your life. So I said to her, “Anna, this is what life with God is like. Each page is like a day. As you go through your life and spend time with Jesus, it may not look like much, but if you stick with it you will be able to see over time, the beauty that He will make of you.”
Such a simple and powerful illustration. Each day doesn’t seem like much. You go to work, you make food, you work out, you watch tv, you have a few conversations with your kids or spouse, you go to church, you read your Bible, you pray… It all seems to be mundane and meaningless and maybe you don’t feel like what you are doing is making any difference. But…turn around and look back. Where were you a year ago? What has God done in your character? What has God done in your family? What is the fruit and beauty that you see over time? Are you a more patient person? Are you more in tune with His Spirit? How’s that relationship that you never thought would improve?
God is working in you if you are spending time with Him and you may not even realize it. Each day might not seem like much, but put it together day after day and you will see the gilded edges of beauty in your life shining out.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6