2021.01.18 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, January 18, 2021 comes to us from Toni Savage of Alabama
1 Kings 18:41-45 41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. 43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.” 45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
“God in the Small Things”
One of my nephews called to tell me that he had lost the bracelet I gave him for his birthday and wanted to know where I had bought it. I remembered the day I bought it for him. I didn’t have a lot of money but just wanted to send him a token of love on his birthday. Even though it was not a big, expensive gift, God had used it to encourage my nephew. From the experience I have learned to look for God in the small things.
That reminds of our reading today. The prophet Elijah began to pray for relief from a drought that had lasted three-and-a-half years. He sent his assistant to look for a sign that rain was on the way. The servant went back seven times before he saw it: a cloud as small as a human hand. That was all the evidence they needed to know that God was about to move in a big way.
We can look for God in all situations. The problems we have may not go away overnight, but often we can find something to be grateful for. And a grateful heart can change our outlook.
— Toni Savage
Prayer Focus: Countries Suffering from Drought
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the assurance of your love and presence with us. Help us to see you in every situation in our lives. Amen.
Thought for the Day: What small sign of God’s presence have I seen today?
Sometimes, I wonder where God is, especially when the “big” things are troubling me – when a situation seems hopeless, frightening, and overwhelming.
Toni Savage reminds us that it is important to find God’s love and presence in the smallest moments and gifts that bless our hearts and spirits, like the handwritten (in cursive) thank-you note that I received from my granddaughter yesterday, reminding me how much God blesses me through my family and friends.