What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Unexpected "Gifts"

One of my new blogging friends made a comment on my last "Random Journal Day" post, "Saved from the Abyss by God's Miraculous Intervention", that the two items mentioned in the story, the song of the Meadowlark, and the "smiling" rose, were gifts.  Until my friend pointed this out, I had not really thought of them as "gifts", but indeed they were.  They were gifts sent from God at precisely the right moment to rescue me back from the edge of an abyss that was tempting me to take a step closer to the brink of my own destruction.  Not that I would have done anything really crazy, at least looking back now I don't think I would have...but then again, perhaps God saw something different and sent His messengers to call me back just in time.

Thinking of these miraculous, spontaneous events as "gifts" got me to thinking about other things that have happened in my life that were gifts from God to encourage me or rescue me, or even just to delight me at a time that I needed it most. Without becoming too specific, I will list a few...
  • A phone call from a dear friend at a time when only God could have told her I needed her to call.
  • A card or note in the mail from someone, with words of hope and love and perhaps a little tea-bag enclosed to give me a refreshing reminder of a precious friend.
  • An unexpected monetary gift from a loved one, at precisely the exact moment we needed it...and the exact amount that was required to be paid...and that individual did not know anything about that particular need.
  • Miraculous intervention from the action of a friend's phone call...who changed the course of the doctor's plans at a most critical time just prior to our son's brain surgery...that very possibly saved our son's life.
  • Someone repaying a debt to us that we never expected to receive in this lifetime...and again, at exactly the moment we needed it most.
  • Meeting a new friend who seemed to be able to look right into my heart and see how badly I needed a friend at that time.
  • A song heard on the radio while driving myself to work, that blessed me so completely that I almost had to pull off the road and take time to worship and praise God right then and there.
  • An owl appearing in front of me at the precise moment I needed a sign from God that my Daddy had reached heaven's gate...that was definitely a "God-gift"  (click on this link for "The Last Farewell"
  • A beautiful and precious gift of a baby doll, sent from a dear friend whom I have never met personally...made especially for me...just because she wanted to show me God's love at a difficult time in my life...(Click on this link for "Baby Elva's Story" 
Well, you get the idea...I have to stop or I will never be able to post this story because the list just goes on and on. 

Of course the Greatest Gift of all is the Gift of Jesus Christ, My Savior and Lord, Who gave HIMSELF for me, when I most definitely did not deserve His mercy and grace and love.  And He stands ready to present Himself to you as well, if you have not yet accepted His free gift of salvation.  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

I hope that this little exercise has caused you to think about the gifts you have received in your life, and perhaps it might be a good idea to begin your own list. It also makes me want to be more sensitive to ways I can bless others with special "God-Gifts". Once we start thinking this way, we will be amazed at all of the things God will bring to our minds...and we will have to break out into spontaneous praise! His love is so amazing...His mercy so unfailing, His grace is so undeserved...What more can I say? 

Thank You, Dear Lord
for Your blessings on me.
And please help me to be a
blessing to others each day.

Amen.

9 comments:

  1. I needed this today, I am at a place where I need to stop and think...I am so blessed and it's my hearts desire to be a blessings to others.You are so right, our actions start with our minds and how we think. May God continue to bless you.

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia. One of the "gifts" I should have listed was the wonderful new friends I have found out here in "blogland" and facebook. That was another "unexpected gift" that God sent me when I needed it most! Thank you for being a part of that gift!!

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  2. All gifts. All. Sweet post. Now I must read about that babydoll and I do think a teabag in the mail sounds rather delightful!

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    1. You will have to email me your mailing address! Yes, I love to get tea bags in the mail! It is always an occasion to sit right down and have a cup of tea and relax and reflect on the beauty and gift of friends.

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  3. I can identify with many things you listed... even the card from a friend with a tea bag in it... :) God is good and the gifts He gives us in and through others never fail to amaze us with His heart. Thanks for sharing these reminders!

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    1. Hi Pam! Yes, and I count you and many others as some of those precious gifts! It's wonderful to know that we are receiving treasures of friendship that we may only get to truly embrace one day in heaven...but won't it be wonderful there? We will have all of eternity to share these happy thoughts! Thank you for dropping by again today for a visit!

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  4. Hi Pamela,
    What an uplifting post! I too have experienced His gifts through many similar ways as you have. The Lord takes great pleasure in blessing His children when we least expect it.
    I enjoyed having a visit from you today and thank you for your sweet comment. I hope you have a delightful week in Him.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thank you, Sandi! Yes, I agree with you that the Lord takes great pleasure in blessing us in ways that we never expected. Sometimes it's a rainbow in the clouds, or the discovery of a new flower blooming that we hadn't noticed before...or a new friend on facebook or in blogland that comes along to encourage us! Thank YOU, for being one of those "gifts"!

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  5. Hi Pam, I just found this post. I can relate. All we have are gifts from God, the material, the spiritual, the friendships, all are from Him. I like your list.

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