About three years ago I wrote my first book. It’s a 31-Day Devotional. And on the cover you will see several chandeliers, because I love chandeliers. They are elegant, and they hang and they shine and they sparkle. They make me happy.
I also have a love for windmills. I have a Children’s Christmas book in my head about windmills. When we go on road trips I am enamored and fascinated by windmills (just ask my children).
I promise I’m going somewhere with this.
My daughter Hope needed a new mattress. Hers was given to us already used, possibly 11 years prior. It had a spring that came out and would rub on her back when she tried to sleep. So she then decided to make a little fort on the stairs (she said her spot had better internet too). Then she moved her fort into the closet and slept there for many months. My husband and I knew we needed to buy her a mattress. We kept talking about it. We went and looked at a few. Those darn mattresses are so expensive, aren’t they! We were about to make a purchase when my daughter said to just wait until we moved to the ranch. The problem was, we didn’t know if we were going to move to the ranch for sure. We didn’t want to keep putting it off.
When we moved to the ranch, upon further inspection, one of the rooms had the EXACT same bedroom furniture in it that we purchased for my daughter 4 years ago, and it was brand new! “Only God”, we thought. But then, here’s the kicker, the mattress on the bed was a BRAND NEW Serta mattress! BRAND NEW. Again… If you don’t see God in this, well, there’s more. She also has always wanted a trindel bed for when her friends would sleep over. Yep- this bed came equipped with a trindel bed under it!
Our new house also has chandeliers throughout! Beautiful sparkly, dangling chandeliers!! Only God.
And last, but not least, in the back fields by the barn…. a ginormous windmill. It’s somewhat hidden, off to the side, in the brush, standing tall, display its grandeur. I’m telling you, I’m, seeing God here.
I had somewhat tucked these things into my heart and memory bank until yesterday. I was at an Estate sell looking for a bird bath. Something caught my eye off in the distance. It was an 8 foot windmill! I was shocked and my heart about skipped a beat! I couldn’t believe. The price was good and I was able to talk the lady down a little. And that windmill made its way into my heart, and into my new butterfly garden (more on that in another post).
I just want to encourage you today. See, sometimes we’re so busy focused on our challenges in life, we walk right by Gods love notes to us. I believe He sends them throughout the day. Someone brings you coffee. God knew. Someone blesses you with something that goes perfectly in your house. God thought you would like it. Your having an awful day, and someone just at the right time messages you, or calls you, or you get a card in the mail. He had a feeling you could use some encouragement.
It’s hard to fathom His love for you, because we don’t feel like we deserve any of it. We don’t. That’s called grace; undeserved favor. It’s not based on anything we could do or anything we’ve done. He sends us these love notes though out our lives, just because He’s thinking of us. Little things and big things. He’s in them all.
Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.