I just finished making an I Spy quilt for the newest little one in our family. An I Spy quilt is made up of all sorts of patterned fabric bits. I intended to buy some fabrics until I sorted through my stash. I found enough fabric there to make two I Spies!
In my mind, I picture Carter recognising the John Deere tractors, growling at the lions and singing a Mickey Mouse song!
How is it possible that I didn’t even remember all the great bits and pieces I had in my stash? We so often miss the good that lies before us. Take those spies in Numbers chapter 13.
Moses sent them to check out the Promised Land, which they did. They brought back some great produce.
They cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs (Numbers 13:23b, NIV)
They also brought back bad reports.
They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large. “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
(Numbers 13:27, 28, 31, NIV)
They chose to miss the miracle of God with them in spite of Caleb’s comment in verse 30.
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Just like the pieces of fabric that I couldn’t see for looking at them, so we miss miracles and the promise of God with us, every single day.
Prayer – Father, forgive us for our short-sighted look at the world around us. Amen