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