I just finished up a movie called The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. The premise is much like Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again. But in this film, the two protagonists use their day of repetition to find tiny perfect things – an eagle grabbing a fish out of a lake, an elderly woman dancing about a game victory, a perfectly timed funny moment, a custodian sneaking on a piano, demonstrating his incredible hidden talent.
These last weeks, I have been noticing a lot of tiny perfect things as we slowly make our way out of this pandemic: a hug between vaccinated friends who haven’t seen, let alone touched, each other in over a year; watching kids play with bubbles, mastering not just blowing them, but popping them too; an outdoor wedding after a year of wondering if it would be possible with a long pandemic and the threat of unpredictable weather; being able to hold and bounce a baby after over a year of isolating newborns from all of us.
We are approaching some of those tiny perfect things at our church as well. Because we are loosening restrictions incrementally, we are not getting some magical “perfect” experience where everything “goes back to normal.” But we are approaching a time where we can sit in pews that were off limits, where we can sing those songs and texts that have been spoken or been instrumental, where we can sit beside a friend whose physical presence we have missed, where we can receive the body and blood of Christ. We still have to mask, and communion is being served in sealed plastic chalices – but there are tiny perfect things nonetheless.
This week, I invite you to find your own tiny perfect things – tiny moments of grace. Take a moment to watch children play in your neighborhood, see what wonders nature is up to, enjoy a bit of hearty laughter, or observe the way an older couple holds hands after what must be decades of marriage. There is a lot of work to be done as Christ commissions us to go out in the world. But what will sustain us in that work are the tiny perfect things that remind us of God’s blessing and grace that are there for us every day. I cannot wait to hear what you find!