Sometimes God visits us in a unique way, a sunset, a sunrise, a stranger’s words, a book, a flower.
We should never be surprised with how God “speaks”, and yet we always are.
It was last Sunday morning. I had gone to church (hubby was at the cabin as the electrician was coming) and heard a much-needed sermon based on Psalms 139. It soothed my aching heart as Sunday’s are particularly hard for me during this grieving process. My husband and I almost always stopped by my mom’s after church.
Last Sunday I did that again as I needed to drop off something for my brother. I knew he would be gone but he left the door open to her house. It was hard walking in as everything is the same. I’m hoping my brother buys some new furniture soon so things will look different.
Her Hydrangeas are in bloom so I debated, “Should I pick a bouquet or not? How hard would that be?” I decided I would.
It was hard.
She grew the most beautiful and largest Hydrangeas I’ve ever seen. But here’s where the surprise came. Without a doubt, these are the largest Hydrangeas ever on her bush. I wanted to take them in the house and show them to her. I always did that; I would cut a bouquet for her and me.
The one in front and to the right is just one hydrangea. Huge! If I were to place it on a cardboard pizza disc (the largest size), it would be that big.
But she wasn’t there.
I came home and arranged them, tears flooding my eyes. Why were they so huge this year of all years.? Why not last year, when I could show them to her?
And, of course, that question we tell ourselves we will never ask but we always do.
“Did I do all I could? Were there things I should have done differently?”
So to be reminded that I am “wonderfully, and fearfully made”, brought me comfort. And the Hydrangea reminded me that I, too, can flourish. It’s OK to get on with things, to enjoy my life, to laugh, to enjoy her Hydrangeas. God knows us intimately. He sees our struggles. When it’s the darkest in our life, he is there.
Nothing we can do can interfere with God’s love for us and nowhere we run can keep us hidden from his loving care.
You have searched me, Lord,and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise;you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down;you are familiar with all my ways.Before a word is on my tongueyou, Lord, know it completely.You hem me in behind and before,and you lay your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,too lofty for me to attain.Where can I go from your Spirit?Where can I flee from your presence?I go up to the heavens, you are there;if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.If I rise on the wings of the dawn,if I settle on the far side of the sea,10even there your hand will guide me,your right hand will hold me fast.I say, “Surely the darkness will hide meand the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you;the night will shine like the day,for darkness is as light to you.For you created my inmost being;you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful,I know that full well.My frame was not hidden from youwhen I was made in the secret place,when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw my unformed body;all the days ordained for me were written in your bookbefore one of them came to be.How precious to me are your thoughts Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me God!How vast is the sum of themWere I to count them,they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.If only you, God, would slay the wicked!Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!They speak of you with evil intent;your adversaries misuse your name.Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?I have nothing but hatred for them;I count them my enemies.Search me, God, and know my heart;test me and know my anxious thoughts.See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.
God can comfort us in all kinds of ways with all kinds of “props”. For me, it was Hydrangeas.
God bless and have a good day.