Have you ever received a gift so lavish that words failed you?
One that touched your soul so profoundly that your heart experienced tangible waves of God's relentless love?
My lavish gift arrived on a chilly March evening as I stood on the cold concrete floor in the middle of my bare living room. Exactly one month before, a judge had signed papers sadly ending my 13-year marriage.
I was in the rebuilding process. Spiritually, physically, emotionally. God had carefully began the process of sheltering and mending my black and blue heart.
Into that emptiness, God sent a lavish gift. A friend's voice on the phone echoed in the hollow space. An anonymous benefactor just paid for my passage on a 9-day cruise with a group from my church to sail up the New England coast into Canada to see the Fall foliage.
All I had to do was say yes.
I stood, opening and closing my mouth like a fish out of water, as the tears flowed. That person (or persons) simply wanted to provide an avenue for me to get away with God so that the healing process could begin.
|Acadia National Park, Maine (Cruise, Oct. 2010)|
But I know Whose hand was behind it.
Their lavish generosity far exceeded monetary value. That time away allowed me to breathe again. Slow life to a stroll. Refocus direction. Listen to God's guidance. Allow Him to resurface my heart.
And I know one thing.
One day I'll pass such a blessing forward. God will let me know when. And whom. And why.
Let's talk: Have you ever received an anonymous gift (large or not) that touched your heart in a very special way? Did you accept it? Did it inspire you to look for ways to pass forward an anonymous blessing to someone else?