"Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
-- Matthew 15:27
We would all like to have great faith. We would like to pray and believe that our prayers will be answered. We would like to love those who are difficult to love. We would like to turn the other cheek when someone hurts us. We would like to live in the moment. We would like to have patience, compassion, humility, trust, contentment, and peace.
But somehow daily life keeps getting in the way. We think if we could have a life free of pain and struggle, we could see our way clear to really trust in God. Or if God would just make us patient, and compassionate and humble, and full of trust and contentment -- oh, how easy it would be to be a spiritual person! In truth all it takes is one crumb, one fragment to turn our lives around, and those crumbs are abundant in the midst of all the minute, mundane, and seemingly meaningless moments of everyday life. They're present in the routine tasks of caring for a family, going to the grocery store, tending a sick child, talking to a troubled friend, writing an overdue memorandum, mowing the lawn, experiencing a business failure, putting a new roof on the house. In each of these there are crumbs that can become part of the grand feast that develops within us, that great faith which is the desire of our souls.
Faith is found in being like a puppy dog - ever eager to receive those morsels, those scraps, those crumbs that are a part of our everyday experience. The crumbs of grace. The crumbs of difficulty. The crumbs of wonder. The crumbs of doubt. The crumbs that carry within them the very presence and power of God. The crumbs that transform an ordinary life into an extraordinary life of great faith.
O God, open my eyes and heart to see each crumb of my life tinged with the bright fire of your presence, and in the heat may my faith be set ablaze.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org.
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