Isn’t it nice to find out someone was thinking of you while they were away? And isn’t it nice when they say something or give you something that says “I know you, and I love you”? My daughter found this tiny heart pebble while looking for shark’s teeth on a North Carolina beach, and she brought it back for me! She is truly a gift!
Have you ever had an anonymous, random act of kindness done to you? Yesterday as I was getting some work done in and around the house, I was feeling a bit like Cinderella, and I started talking to our heavenly Father about how I was feeling. You know those times when you feel like God is far away, but in your head you know He’s always close by, because Jesus said He would never leave us nor forsake us? That’s how I was feeling.
To my surprise a car pulled up, and a lady came out and asked, “René?”
“Yes, I’m René,” I responded as I looked on with curiosity.
She opened the back door of her car and pulled out a HUGE bouquet of balloons. “Are those for me?” I inquired with bewilderment.
“Yes, they are.”
I was so touched, tears welled up in my eyes, and I had to keep myself from crying.
“Is there a card?”
“Yes, on one of the top balloons.”
The card read, “Rene, You have been randomly selected for a happy Saturday Bouquet! Please pay it forward. — [name of local balloon shop]”
“Wow! Who could I pay it forward to?” I wondered, “And is this something [the local balloon shop] actually does, or did someone I know send it anonymously?”
I thought of a friend, who has been homebound and in pain, and after taking pictures and posting what happened on Facebook, I loaded the balloons into my car and took them over to her. She was so surprised and happy, not only to receive the huge bouquet of colorful balloons but also to have some company, so I was doubly blessed!
Thank you, Father, for putting it on someone’s heart to send the balloons to me and brighten my day when I was feeling a bit lonely. Thank you, too, Anonymous, not only for such a wonderful gift, but also for prompting me to pay it forward, so that someone else could be blessed as well. What a great idea!
“Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.”—Deuteronomy 32:2 NKJV
One of the things I love about photography and God’s creation is how they can help me gain a deeper understanding of scripture whether I read a verse and try to compose a photo for it or shoot a photo and try to find a verse for it. Consider the verse above and what it says, even if you’ve read it a hundred times. I have read it many times before and missed its depth. It is the Lord’s desire and instruction that His teachings be abundant as rain, His words a gentle covering like dew, beautiful and magnifying like raindrops, and refreshing like showers.
I participate in a weekly photo challenge for my photo blog, and this was too good not to post here, too. While pondering this week’s photo challenge theme Extra, I remembered finding a 4-leaf clover a day or two before. I also remembered seeing some clovers whose leaves had a reddish edge. Four-leaf clovers have an extra leaf, so I decided to venture out in hopes of finding one for the challenge. As I strolled to the back yard, I also thought, “Lord, it would be really cool to find a red 4-leaf clover.” Even though it wasn’t actually a prayer request, and even though He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we want or expect, I was so excited and surprised to actually find one! What are the odds? Seriously! Jesus loves this ragamuffin!
Calluntome, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. —Jeremiah 33:3
One of the things I have enjoyed about blogging and other social media outlets is meeting new people from around the world. I have even had the privilege of meeting a few in person. Today I received a green envelope in the mail from, Ralph, a wonderful blogging friend in Spain. If I remember correctly, I found Ralph’s Bluefish Way through another blogging friend, and I’m so glad I did. Although a few of his posts have caused me to blush a little, his kind heart and humor have been such a blessing. Thank you so much, Ralph, for the beautiful gifts… and your gift of friendship!