God “gets” my sense of humor. He talks my language, if you will.
He gets yours and speaks yours, too! He is, after all, the Author of all languages.
So the other day, when I was driving–it happened to be this particularly bad day–I stopped in the middle of the road. And what did I see? A giant tumbleweed had stopped in the middle of the road. It wasn’t blowing across the road, as usual. It was stopped.
So my interpretation? God wanted me to make sure I saw a sign of His love on that particularly bad day. He knows how I think and how I associate. For many years, I have associated tumbleweeds and geese honking as a sign of His love and care. He also knows WHY I associate that…once in Texas I heard a fellow share about how he heard the geese fly over and saw tumbleweeds bouncing across the road. Now I did not say this aloud, but I thought, OH, I would love to experience that, too!! Maybe someday…
A couple of years after that, we moved to Colorado and have faced plenty of difficult days, but I see and hear geese AND I see tumbleweeds all the time. You should hear me exclaim–OH, I LOVE IT!! It is for me a God-Wink. And I am reminded of HOW MUCH He loves me and how He HEARS me, even the cries of my heart–even the little thoughts that aren’t really weighty, but He hears and He responds to them.
Oh the kindness of my God astounds me sometimes. He knows.
This past spring and summer I have experienced another God-Wink. We have been leaving the desert place of some great financial hardship. It has been a LONG journey. And I knew (even before I saw it) that we were leaving that place. I tell about it here, if you’d like to read about it.
Now that is not to say we now have this over-abundance in our bank account. No. In fact we still get awfully close every now and again. But we have had ENOUGH. And God’s enough towards us is PLENTY.
Sometimes, it may look frightening again, but we (my Chris and I) are choosing to be intentional, work together on financial things and are even beginning to pay back and pay forward! Not only that, I have had an abundance of steady work all year long–so much so that lately I have prayed for it to slow down. It is starting to do just that! Again it is the kindness of God.
The God-Wink is this:
Right now, you may be thinking, HUH?! Let me explain…
All spring and summer long, I have thrown great quantities of clothing away (like over half of my wardrobe) because they have worn out and torn. It hasn’t just happened in the usual and expected places either. Many of these clothes I have had since before Tabor was born (Tabor is 10.). And they have not only fit me for these ten years, but they have LASTED. In our financial desert they kept. God wanted me to know that we were leaving the desert. That in and of itself is pretty astounding, I’d say.
Each time something tore, I began to think of THIS verse:
“Yet the Lord says, ‘During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.’ ” Deuteronomy 29:5
And I laughed my head off. For God was letting me know that 1) It was time to buy new clothes. and 2) I get to buy them in a new size! For I have been getting healthier and losing weight this year–a life-long process for me that will always be a challenge and a discipline.
Isn’t God funny?
[I must note here that one of my daily concerns right now is our family vehicle. It is beginning to show signs that it will soon wear out. And I have NO IDEA how we’d ever replace it–I don’t even SEE it. I’m sharing this here, so WHEN God brings the provision for it, you may also GLORIFY Him with us! Let’s watch and see what God writes in our margin for this need.]
Now, what I want to say to you is important. Pay Attention and LOOK! for what God is speaking into your life. Write it down. Notice it.
For one working principle in my life has always been this: Because I notice the work of God in and around my life, I see it MORE and MORE. I guess you could say, God is teaching me a special language that only we share. Things that only I would understand, He speaks over and over and over into my life.
He will do it for you, too. He will. You only need to ask Him–open my eyes and ears and mind to conceive what You do, Lord!
LORD, we come to you today and ask you to show us how to hear You. Jesus, may we know your voice. May we learn to SEE and to live in the light of your GREAT love for us. And Holy Spirit, when we forget, will you please remind us what God has spoken and done over our lives before…increase out faith in such a way, that we know that we know that we KNOW, You are with us. You LOVE us. You SEE us. And You KNOW us. Thank You, dear God. How we long to walk in this truth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.