So, I've been listening to the song "Beautiful" by Gateway Worship (Kari Jobe)...and I've been thinking about recent stories I've heard from friends - little reminders to them that God knows, He cares and He loves.
For instance, my dear friend Christie Weehunt who is a missionary in India told me as we chatted over skype last week, "You won't believe how God blessed me today!" She proceeded to tell me about the shower she got to take that day! She has only been getting 2-3 hours of running water a day, and on this day she desperately wanted a shower. She tried at home, but no running water, so she went to the gym and after a workout she found that their showers were under reconstruction. She went home sad that what awaited her was another sponge bath, when she thought to try the shower one more time. Guess what?! Yep, water - just long enough for a shower (it was out for the rest of the day). And her response - "He loves me!"
Then my sister Leslie wrote a cute blog about their dog Nash who was kidnapped. After days of looking, a horrifying trip to the pound, and Taylor's tears, she asked God to bring Nash back. And wouldn't you know it...that night they got a phone call from someone who rescued Nash from his kidnappers and returned him home! He cares!
For me, it reminds me of the time that I was running a 15 miler (during marathon training) and we didn't put out any water before hand (just assumed we would find some along the way)...at mile 12, I literally thought I might kill over. I told the girl I was running with that we were going to pray for some water (oh yeah, we were in the middle of no-where). It wasn't eloquent, something like, "God, we need water and we really need it now, please." To my amazement we turned a corner and there was a college girl getting out of her car. My friend said, "you don't happen to have any water do you?" She went around to her trunk and said, "Actually I just went to the store and bought tons of water!" She handed each of us our own water bottle and we went along our way.
Back to the song "Beautiful," the last line is "I just want to dwell on Who you are." Hmmm...beautiful in deed, and with all His gestures of love, I'm assuming He thinks we are beautiful too.