I love it when God shows us His presence in our everyday lives. Just little things that He does to let us know that He loves us. It is the same that any loving parent does for their children – just a small token to say that you matter to me. John and I show the kids we love them in little ways – take them for a suprise ice cream cone, including a joke in their lunchbox or giving them a little toy that we picked up along the way. I think it is the little things that show our kids that someone who loves you was thinking of you and wanted to make you smile. My Heavenly Father does the same thing for me – giving me a prime parking spot in a crowded parking lot or prompting a friend to call when He knows I need it. He did it for me this weekend too.
I had gone yard sailing with a friend on Friday and saw a fire pit that I liked for $15 and almost bought it. I was unsure of whether to spend the money on it since it was not a necessary purchase and realized that we would probably only use it a few times a year. I passed on it but kept thinking about it off and on Friday afternoon. Saturday morning John and I took the kids yard sailing and went to the same neighborhood. It was early and one of the only people who had started their sale was the guy with the fire pit. He still had it and I still wanted it. John took a look at it and tried to talk the guy down to $10. He wouldn’t budge off the $15 price. We walked away from it but it didn’t stop me from wanting it. Later that evening I was still thinking of the fire pit and asked John about it. He offered to drive over there and ask the guy if he still had it and if so, he would buy it. So, we all drove over at 7pm Saturday night and John rang the guy’s doorbell. He was nice but he said that the fire pit had sold. I was a little disappointed but just told myself that it wasn’t meant to be.
Sunday rolls around and I had all but forgotten about the fire pit. John had a hike with the cub scouts in the afternoon and he left to go do that. He came home 2 hours later and told me that one of our scout parents had offered him a free terra cotta chimenea. I couldn’t believe it. It was completely unexpected but it was like God was telling me that He did care that I was disappointed in not getting the fire pit. He wanted to make me smile and so He prompted our friend to give us the chimenea.
The meaning behind this one event is deeper than if I had gotten the fire pit. Now when I look outside and see the chimenea sitting there, I think of my Father and how He sent me a gift. I also think of my husband and how he sacrificially drove over to a stranger’s house to try to get me what I wanted just because he loves me. The amount of love in these two things is awe inspiring. I know for sure that this episode in my life was a God thing.