A Month of Preparation

Preparation: Dawn’s Story

preparationHow is God using your today to prepare and purpose your tomorrow?

Today’s guest post is written by Dawn Whitaker…

Picture it. First day of Kindergarten, 1983, recess line. I stood in line behind Brandon, the tall boy. He turned around, looked down at me and loudly exclaimed, “You are SHORT!” It was at that moment that I began to wonder why I was indeed so much smaller than everyone else.

Dawn1By now, you might be wondering just exactly how tall…er…short I am. Well, let’s just put it this way, by the time my friend’s kids are in 3rd grade, they have usually passed me up! (See my bio photo below if you don’t believe me!) I stand at a whole 4’9”. To this day, usually every day, someone will still tell me, “You are SHORT!”

While I used to wonder why God made me so stinkin’ short, I no longer do. Why? Because God began to show me he is a God of detail and he delights in the details of our lives (Psalm 37:23). If it’s important to me, it’s important to Him. He wanted and wants me to see Him work not only in the big issues but also in the little issues. I started to see and appreciate the “small” miracles in daily life. Getting to work safely, getting that great parking spot at Wal-Mart that I had prayed for as I pulled into the parking lot, or maybe reading something about Him and then someone saying those exact words to me later.

Some may say, “Oh, Dawn, it’s just a coincidence”. I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe God was saying to me, “If I care about the little things how much more do I care about the big things?”

So, he showed me, and he showed me well. I am small, and He delights in me and every detail of my life.

How is God using your today to prepare and purpose your tomorrow?

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Dawn is a fun-loving, 35-year -old, reality tv fan, Jesus-loving girl who is looking for her future. In this picture, she’s dancing with a friend’s 10-year-old son, who seems to be the perfect height for dancing!

(The current Preparation series is intended to help you look for, notice, and acknowledge God working in your life. At the end of the month, I’ll give away a free ticket to the Living Proof Live with Beth Moore event in Springfield, IL, October 25-26, 2013. All you have to do to qualify for the free ticket drawing is to comment on one or more blog posts throughout the month of March. The ticket will be given away on April 1st (and it’s not an April Fools joke!). (If you live too far away to attend the event, I have an alternate giveaway and will then pass along the ticket to someone else.)

7 thoughts on “Preparation: Dawn’s Story”

  1. Big things come in small packages. Thank you for your reminders to remain joyful. Each time I must climb on my counter to reach something from a shelf, I just may think of you. Here is good news for you that was told to my son at the doctor’s office: When it rains, you will be the last to get wet. 🙂

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  2. You know, it’s all in your perspective. To me any woman over 5’5″ is tall. You see at 5′ 5.5″, I am the tallest female in my family. Mom was 5’2″, older sisters are 5’4″ and 5’1″ and my younger sister is 4’9.75″ (and please don’t ever forget that .75″). I always feel clumsy and awkward around them because I “tower” over them and feel out of place. So perspective is everything as you so graciously put it – and God’s perspective is truly the only one that matters.
    Bless you for sharing!

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  3. thank you for sharing your story…I often struggle with accepting how God made me…but I know that I am uniquely made in His image…blessings, amy 🙂

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