God stretched me using hair in the drain

August 17, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for moms

It’s five minute Friday again. The day other word-lovers take 5 -minutes to write without overthinking about the word of the day. Visit these other fabulous writers at Lisa Jo’s. Today’s word: stretch

Piles of raw meat on a wagon pulled by a bicycle to the local restaurants merely amazed me. New foods and chopsticks were fun to try. Receiving one ticket a day to shower in the public showers didn’t bother me. Neither did the bathroom troughs with a stream of water running underneath me as I squatted. My adjustment to Chinese culture for six weeks was fast and fairly easy. Even jet lag wasn’t too bad.ย 
The “big” things, the ones I had prayed and worried about. Those weren’t the problems. The stretching came in little things: unexpected bouts of claustrophobia in a tightly-packed, 14- hour long plane ride; embarrassing tears of frustration as I tried and could not hear the correct ways to say the Chinese words I wanted to learn; long black Asian hairs that clogged the bathroom sink and didn’t get cleaned up often. In details, God reminded me I was weak and needed His strength.ย 

Still, ten years later, it isn’t the big events where I have trouble leaning on Him and remembering who is in control. It is the little details, the ones I want to control, expect to control, where I recognize my selfishness and have to lay it all down again.

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onepassiononedevotion August 17, 2012 at 4:52 am

wow that does sound stretching and amazing all at the same time!

i love the last part – how true it is that it is often in the details or the small things that we can feel helpless or out of control and worry… i know that to be true in my own life! such a good reminder to keep laying it down, and keep trusting Jesus

blessings, claire (popping in from 5 minute friday)


Paloma August 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Yes… it’s weird how it’s the little things that can make us remember how weak and selfish we are… Hubby is a saint! he is patient, giving and kind, it’s hard for him to get angry when someone treats him poorly and he is quick to put the other cheek… when his mom died he just had this wonderful attitude and well… the peace that comes with knowing for sure he’d see her again one day! but… but… IF and WHEN the cord of the vacuum cleaner gets stuck when he is vacuuming something OR when he hits his little toe or if a page of one of his book folds and is not “perfectly neat” BOY OH BOY! LOL! he wants to jump off the balcony! LOL! and it makes me realize that many times we trust God with the big things only and the little things we try to handle ourselves… but there’s nothing too little for God! ๐Ÿ™‚


redemptionsbeauty August 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Sometimes we can be surprised by what actually stretches us aren’t we? I can relate to this, I often struggle more with the little things in the every day than the big things that are stretching for others.


Nikki @ Simplystriving August 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Oh we are kindred. It’s the little things for me for sure (although I have a hard time thinking your reasons were little –ack!). ::SIGH::

Thank You, God, for new mercies. for the time to practice this and get it down. to lay it all down.

What a great 5 min write, friend! So glad we’re neighbors today ๐Ÿ™‚


Amber August 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Found you from 5 Min Friday. I love your blog. I’ve got 4 girls (no boys), so I really appreciate your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this is so true: it’s not where you expect to see dependence on Him that you actually see it. I’ve lived this so many times. Thank you for writing!


Denise August 19, 2012 at 12:54 am

Awesome post.


Loni August 19, 2012 at 3:23 am

Ohhh, can I understand the control of the “little” things! yes, indeed!

Enjoyed reading about your time in China! You did have to be stretched! ๐Ÿ™‚


Jenny August 20, 2012 at 4:44 am

Wow, what a great experience that must have been! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop and now following alongโ€ฆI would love if you would stop by and say hello ๐Ÿ™‚
Modern Modest Beauty


missroyaldisaster August 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

This is such an amazing post here. And I also wanted to say that I think youะบ blog is so adorable, so pinky and so cute, it is a huge joy to stay over here!


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