Sometimes in the midst of stressful days, God leaves fingerprints of His presence around us. I often pray that I will have eyes to see the signs of His love and a heart that will respond.
Life is complicated these days with concerns and decisions about my 96 year old mother-in-law’s care and her decline with Alzheimer’s, and our own health concerns, and job searching.
My husband, Jeff, and I know that God is good and that He will lead and provide and guide us. But emotions and discouragement can still press in on us and we sometimes need to take turns pointing the other to God and His faithfulness.
So, I’m feeling especially blessed by what I like to think of as a visual reminder of God’s provision.
Jeff gave me a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day. I threw most of them out quite awhile ago. But I’d taken one from the bouquet to enjoy on my desk. And though it had also died a few weeks ago, I kept thinking it still looked pretty nice as a dried flower so I left it on my desk.
Finally, this week I noticed the head was tilting over and thought I should probably just throw it out. But then I noticed something. Tiny green leaves were budding out of the stem of the dead rose. I’d never seen such a thing before!
I’ve continued to watch, with some fascination, as the leaves keep growing. I even looked it up on-line to discover that this kind of thing does occasionally happen.
And maybe it’s just a fluke. But I’m choosing to believe it is a sign from my Abba Father. A sign that God is with us. And that He can do anything He chooses to.
He can give us grace and strength and wisdom to care for Jeff’s mom. He can provide for us when we have no employment. Or He can send us a great job!
He can give us shelter in the storm, joy in affliction, and contentment in poverty. Or He can calm the storm, take away the affliction, and bless us with abundance!
One of the last clear things my mama said was about two weeks before she passed away with Alzheimer’s. She said, “God is here. He is bigger.”
And I love that! God is with us. And He is bigger. He can solve or cure any problem that we have. Or He can give us the grace and strength to get through it.
The leaves growing on the dead rose branch remind me of these truths. These tiny leaves are like God’s fingerprints of love and make me smile.
What fingerprints has He sent you lately? I’d love to hear your story!
“Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.” Psalm 33:22 (NKJV)