Finding God in a Stick of Butter

By Karen O’Connor:

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“Where did I put that butter?” my friend asked herself one afternoon as she prepared to make a batch of cookies. The half-pound she’d purchased at the market the day before was nowhere in sight. She checked the hall closet where she hung her purse. Not there. She searched her jacket pockets. Nope! With a great sigh she rummaged through the grocery bags one more time. Not!

“Time for prayer,” she muttered. Dear Lord, I need help. At that moment she slid open the drawer where she keeps her baking utensils and there it was. “I never expected to be finding God in a stick of butter,” she said laughing, “but I surely did. He’d answered my prayer in plenty of time for me to make the cookies I planned to take to my granddaughter’s open house at school.”

Fortunately, the butter was still intact. None had melted and it was now just the right consistency for her recipe.

How much God cares about us in big things and little, in world-changing events and in mundane tasks that we take for granted. Nothing is too great or too small for the God of creation. In the Bible in Jeremiah 32:41, the Lord says, “I will rejoice in doing them good . . .” If my friend through prayer was finding God in a stick of butter, just think in what amazing and funny and delightful and serious places any one of us can find him—if we seek him with all our heart.

Karen O’Connor is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at

It can be distressing when we can’t remember things. Thankfully, we can ask God to help us when our memory fails. But it does help to keep our sense of humor!

Enjoy the song “Remember?” in this YouTube video featuring Tom Rush, titled I Forgot.

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