Monday, June 7, 2010

No Ordinary Sidewalk

I was walking into work one day last week. As I made the “hike” into the building, I walked along the sidewalk that led up to the building as I do everyday. As usual, I was wishing it was Saturday or Sunday, I was wishing I could have slept a little longer, I was wishing I could park closer. I could think of a hundred other things I would rather be doing as I made my mental list of what I needed to accomplish that day. Then something caught my eye. I travel this sidewalk every morning and this day was no different than any other, but for a few moments this wasn’t just an ordinary, gray concrete sidewalk. The sun was spilling over the side of the building just enough that it was hitting the sidewalk in front of me and the tiny pebbles that made up the concrete were sparkling ever so slightly, but so beautifully. I was so thankful that God drew my attention to them because first of all, it reminded me of Heaven and how beautiful the streets there must be. If this ordinary sidewalk can sparkle on this ordinary morning of this ordinary day of this ordinary work week and be so pretty, then I know that Heaven is gonna knock our socks off! I can’t wait to see it.

"…And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21.

I also thought about how many pebbles there must be that make up just that small part of the sidewalk. Without the sunlight hitting them, each pebble would just blend in with the rest, resulting in a flat gray surface. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to blend in with the rest of the world, I want to sparkle. I want to be different. I want His light to spill from Heaven onto me and bounce back off demonstrating something beautiful to those around me. I also realized that I never “just blend in” with the rest when it comes to God, and that thought brought me great comfort. He loves me specifically for who I am, one He spent time knitting together. He can look down from his throne and see just me. One pebble in a sea of millions, and feel love and mercy and compassion toward me.

I wonder if He ever turns to the angels to say, “That’s my daughter! Look at her shining!” That is my prayer, not only for myself, but for all of you.

Thank you, Abba Father, that I don’t blend in as just another person in a sea of many. You created each of us special, all of us a little different, but still all in your image. Getting a glimpse of You in something as simple as this sidewalk, gives me hope and encouragement to press on for another day. I pray that I would not overlook opportunities to let my light shine before men as You teach me to do in Your word. Holy Spirit, please nudge me when I have moved myself from the light that reflects the One worthy of reflection. May this day be one where you look down and are proud to call me your daughter. Jesus, how can I thank you that you have “gone to prepare a place” for me that has streets of gold? I can only thank you with my life - and my life I gladly give you today.

Amy Dotson, RPDOTK (Royal Princess Daughter Of The King)
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  1. This is so beautiful! I love you, you shine in my life everyday!-April

  2. just wanted to let you know i am following your blog. thanks for letting God use you to speak his words. scott w.


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