God Hides Himself
“. . . May he who took notice of you be blessed. . . .” Ruth 2:19
God ministers through others. He takes the thanks we offer to those He's sent into our life, to Himself. The love that comes into our home – the love of a husband and wife, the love of a mother and a father, the love of a son or a daughter, are all God’s love filtered down to us through human channels.
God takes great joy in hiding Himself within our love for others. When Christ fed the five thousand by the shore of Galilee, He did not distribute the bread Himself; He broke it, blessed it, and gave it to His disciples and they passed it on.
Even now, He filters His love down through ministers, through teachers, through friends, through families, and many various relationships and connections we have with others.
It was a hot, cloudless, rainless afternoon, a flower lay dying in the scorching sun. Then, a single rain drop fell from the sky. Before long, rain filled the sky and drenched the ground causing the roots of the flower to be revived and brought back to life.
The flower looked up and said to the drops, “Thank you for saving my life.” The drops said, “Don't thank us the clouds sent us.” The cloud said, “Don't thank me, the sun drew me from the ocean and the wind brought me here.”
The flower was perplexed. It looked at the sun and wind and said, “Thank you for bringing refreshment to me.” But the sun and wind said, “Don't thank us, thank God who gave the ocean, the sun and the wind and caused the drops to fall.”
Then, the flower lifted up its face to the heavens and said, “Oh God, I thank you that you made the ocean and gave the sun its power to draw the clouds and face the winds; winds to bring the clouds here, to drop drops from the clouds that brought me back to life.”
God hides Himself in the giving. There is joy in discovering the traces of His love at work all around us. So we extend our thankfulness to people He's brought into our life.
Dear God, make me aware of the ways you are working in my life.