My heart's desire is for you to realize how valuable and precious you are, to know that you are a dream of God come true. While raising six children, I have had to depend on the Lord to give me certain nuggets of truth and insights into being a child of God. I would love to share these nuggets with you, hopefully bringing you closer to Him and a life filled with joy and peace.
I know that Scripture says, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." It's a promise we have that when we go looking for Him, we will find Him. He wants us to seek Him and look for His presence in the people and things around us. He desires for us to always be on the hunt for Him. Sometimes I think He even likes to play "hide and seek" with us, because there are many Scripture references to what He has hidden in our hearts. So obviously, we are to seek those truths out.
But, did He ever just show up, without your asking, without your looking for Him? I love it when that happens. When I'm going about my life, forgetting about His presence and He just appears, those moments are so precious to me. They are a gift from God, reminding us that He's there. My pastor likes to compare it to a jack in the box. It's a flash of God, popping out at you, bringing your heart back towards Him.
When these instances happen, I feel as though He is saying, "See daughter, you are so precious to me. I'm here when you least expect it; when you're not even looking for me." I remember the time a dear friend's mother passed away in the wee hours of a cold winter morning. When my friend made it home from the hospital after her mother had passed, she sat at her kitchen table with a cup of coffee, in front of a big picture window. As the tears streamed down her face a cardinal appeared on her window sill. It just sat there while my friend slowly smiled and gave thanks to God. You see, cardinals were her mother's favorite bird. When my friend was feeling alone and so vulnerable, God showed up by sending that cardinal to comfort her. He just showed up.
If you've ever read my post Living in the Dazzle, then you know how much I love sunflowers. But we don't have any around here. They don't grow very well in Oklahoma. We get some wild ones every once in a while, but there are none in our neighborhood. This summer, out of no where, this strange looking stalk started to grow in my flower bed next to my gladiolas. I thought, "This looks like a sunflower. No, it couldn't be." But I've been watching it and it's just about to bloom...and it is a sunflower! I know that God did that for me. I wasn't looking for it, didn't ask him for it, didn't try to plant one. He just showed up. He had a bird or the wind or something (it really doesn't matter what) carry a sunflower seed to my yard just to show me He cares. I can hardly wait for it to bloom! Maybe next year, I'll have more.
Here it is! God's gift to me!!!
Do you have any examples of when He just showed up; made an unannounced appearance in your life and left and imprint of love on your heart? I would love for you to share those experiences here to help build our faith in His love for us!