Monday, May 14, 2018

A Gift from the Father

Don't you just love when God gives you a special "I love you" reminder?

God delights to give gifts to Believers. As a father who cherishes his children, so God is a Father who delights in providing good things for His children. "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matthew 7:11)

Yes, some of His gifts go unnoticed and unappreciated. Some are hidden in circumstances that are hard to understand. Some come as answers to prayer. And yet others are special- meeting the wish, desire, or deepest dream in the heart of His child- and it is His delight to give such a reminder of His love. "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
(Psalm 37:4)

This last week, I received one such "I love you" gift from my Heavenly Father.

All throughout deputation, I kept seeing a particular multi-function bag. The brand name put a slightly more expensive price on it than I could justify on a deputation budget. Besides, I kept telling myself "Like when do I carry a purse???" Everywhere I went, I carried a diaper bag. Anything I remotely needed for a meeting or an outing went in the diaper bag. (Why carry a purse too?)

On the field, I carry a bag only when I'm out by myself. Otherwise, everything goes in a backpack that my husband carries. (He's so sweet!) A shoulder bag IS nice on occasion, but I didn't expect to see the particular brand I really wanted in a foreign country.

And then, my husband saw an ad for a yard sale. Yard sales are a foreign idea here in Georgia, Europe. Only foreigners would host such an event. We went because we saw they listed booster seats, and one of our boys needs one. We found all kinds of things. It was great. There were two tricycles (so our two boys couldn't fight over just one), and a easel just perfect for backyard Bible club, puzzles, books, and a large area rug. The prices were great, and we found a lot of good deals.

Just as we were getting ready to leave, I saw it- THE BAG. Brand new with tags because the straps hadn't come with it! I paid US $5 for it. I was elated. This was God's special gift to me. The straps were an easy fix- I just took the strap from one of our wheeled duffels that we had brought (and is now in storage) and affixed it to the bag. Perfect!

What a blessing to have a Heavenly Father who delights to care for His children in even the smallest of ways. He loves us. He really does. And sometimes, sometimes we see Him fulfill our heart's desire.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
(James 1:17)


Joyful said...

It is so very true that the Lord delights in caring for us and meeting even our secret wishes. I love that he answered your desire to have the bag. It looks like it will be very useful.

Kim said...

What a blessing! Happy for you!!

Sherrie Lester said...

I love it!! God is always soo good!! How fun to get a new bag and for a great price!