It was a somber day.  I was doing the daily duties with happiness and contentment but without much excitement.  I hadn’t heard from her after the phone call; I was still mulling over our words.  I walked outside to hand him something for the grill, and I spotted it.  I have several beautiful flowers in full autumn bloom right now, but there was this one lone bed that held nothing.  The different plants I had planted the past two years in that particular flower bed were short-lived at best.  So, when I gazed over and saw this one pansy peeking up over dried needles, I smiled.  And ran inside to grab my phone/camera!  I told him to come and see, and he did, if nothing more than to humor his silly wife.  It was a sweet moment between God and me…one in a string of events to follow.

Soon after, I went outside to check the mail.  I got two letters that day.  The first one I opened was from her.  All I will say is that my heart ached, and I felt very deflated.  The second one, though…well, it proved to be an extension of the “flower gift” He gave me just minutes before.  I opened a card that was filled with love, with understanding, with encouragement, with praise, with hope, and with thoughts of eternity.  What I will say about those written words is this: I wept.  I wept from the needed release of emotions that had built up within me that day.  I wept for the “flower gift.”  I wept over the letter that discouraged.  I wept over the one that encouraged.  I wept because He was with me.  It was a spiritual holding of hands, and it was sweet even in the bitterness.

At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me…Ruth 2:10 NIV

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.. Nahum 1:7 NIV