There are moments when God reveals his intimate knowledge of me and my needs so clearly and with such gentle provision, that it makes my knees weak to realize how present he is with me continually. Such a moment happened this past week on the heels of a couple of really difficult, testing days. Suddenly, out of the blue something actually was handed to me that I had needed for about three weeks but I had had no time to think about it, look it up, or seek it out. it wasn’t actually a necessity, just something that would make my day to day work a little easier. . But I had set that desire to the side because of other priorities with Christmas coming on. It was a very practical, obscure small thing that needed to be compatible with something else… that no one else would have recognized I would have needed or wanted. When it suddenly was handed to me from a strange and unexpected source with absolutely NO ONE having knowledge of my intention to seek it out after Christmas, I was flabbergasted. I don’t know why it continues to surprise me that God takes great pleasure in giving good gifts to his children….especially when they are not expecting them. There was no way it was anyone or anything other than God’s good and gracious gift to me. In doing so, God spoke to my heart that he knows what I struggle with each day and the things that I need for myself to not only serve others, but also for my own comfort, convenience, effectiveness, and peace.
Thank you, God, for Christmas….in the everyday, ordinary, and abundant-life ways in which you meet our needs and remind us that you are our Emmanuel.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.