I recently experienced something this Texas girl doesn’t often encounter: snow. After a long day of travel, I woke to find the ground had been dusted with white… as if whatever had been held no more weight, and whatever will be had yet to bear a thought.

The day filled itself with relatives, food and televised football. As the sun retired, so did the house. We were exhausted. Little did I know, as I slept, the snow groomed the ground of all evidence of us and allowed something new to appear.

“Look, what do you see?” my husband asked our 3-year-old nephew the next morning.

The young boy took his palms and pressed them against the cold window, trying to look as closely as possible without touching his forehead to the glass. Outside he could see a pattern of fresh tracks. However, the sun had been out just long enough to widen the mark of some of the hoofed toes.

“Grampa has been outside!” the young boy shouted. He turned around, looking for Grampa. “I want to go in the snow!”

“Those are deer tracks. Deer were in the front yard last night.”

“We don’t have deer,” he said, shaking his head. “Those aren’t deer tracks. Grampa did it!” The young boy was becoming irritated.

Two nights later, we were finishing up a late dinner when we heard the young boy’s father whisper, “Everyone, come here. Look! There are three does out in the front yard.”

I couldn’t help but be reminded of how many times we live as the young boy. Something beautiful comes our way, an opportunity, a good word, a healthy outcome, a near miss adverted… and we quickly give credit to luck, science, another or self. We fail to surrender our limited eyes to experience the fullness of God.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Before we slip into the pattern of doubt or dismissing God, may we remember the times God helped us in the past. God has not changed his position of being an active presence, irregardless of our changing focus.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 says, “You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.”

May we thank God for his blessings, those seen and unseen. And may we give praise to him. “God did it!”

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffanychartier