One of the things I realized while I was cleaning the apartment was this: I have big appliances! Since they were intended for the whole family, my refrigerator was big, my rice cooker was big, and even the water kettle was big. They occupy a lot of space in my tiny unit. And seeing them makes me feel all the more lonely and away from Papa, Mama, and Arnold.
And so I decided to pack them away - except for the ref - (I'll just bring them to the province when I go home, they would be more useful there.), and replace them with these cute little ones:
I thought at first that I would feel more terribly sorry for being alone, for not having anyone (yet) to share these things with (thanks to the salesman who pointed that out), but surprisingly, I felt comfortable seeing them. As a matter of fact, I became more hopeful and excited about the future. Cliche, but I agree that great things come from small beginnings. :)
It's as if God was reassuring me that this is just a temporary situation, that I won't be alone forever. But for now, I just have to embrace my being single, and enjoy the perks that come with it. Besides, the kettle can boil up to 3 small cups of water and the rice cooker can cook up to 3 small cups of rice (may steamer pa!) so they're not just for me. Arnold (when he comes back) and Eileen can still have their dinner and lunch dates at the apartment. I can also feed up to 3 visitors (because I only have 3 chairs :D), so it isn't so bad after all.
Mother Teresa said that not all of us can do great things, only small things with great love. The move to "downgrade" my appliances is my way of loving more - saving space, saving water, saving electricity. I don't need the big things anyway. Truly, less is more. :)
Somehow, I was also reminded of the small things that the Lord does everyday to make me feel His love - from the sunrise to the sunset to the blue skies to the happy thoughts to the smiles of strangers to the "how are you?" messages that I get from the people I least expected to care. Indeed, it's the little things that truly matter, it's the small things that mean the most.
I'm not a fan of One Direction but if I were to sing a song for this post, it would have to be this:
I'm in love with You
And all these little things ♥
Thank You God for the little things...
- they keep me humble, realizing that I am nothing compared to Your greatness, but You loved me anyway
- they keep me hopeful, knowing that no problem is too big that You and I cannot solve together, because You are larger than life itself
- they keep me excited for the greater things that await me, if only I remain faithful just as You are faithful
Allow me to love You and to serve You with the little that I have. Bless me and use me for Your greater honor and glory. Amen. ♥