This weekend carries many memories for Kip and I. For the past decade or so, we have driven back to Calgary to share and celebrate my Mom's birthday with her. This year is different--Mom went Home with Jesus on Sept. 5th. She would be 92 this coming Wed. (Feb. 11th).
Last year, on her 91st b-day, Kip took a photo of us (above) in the SunRise Lounge at the Lodge Mom lived in. I am sooo glad he took that photo because it has become such a treasure to me. This special room made many celebrations with Mom priceless because we could decorate it up and have just 3 or 4 of us, family would come up from Lethbridge and celebrate with her, and we had her big 90th b-day party in there.
That "breakfast" room was one of many in the Lodge, but to us this particular room was an absolute gem. Beautifully decorated, it was that special place where we could enjoy tea with Mom everyday at 3 p.m., or have others come to join us. It was a place of reprieve for Kip and I when the city and responsibilities became overwhelming. It was a place of joy and warmth and fellowship.
Sometimes other residents came in while we were there, so we'd chat with them too. But it seemed the times we needed it the most, God put an invisible "Do Not Disturb" sign on it because He knew my limitations better than anyone. And, not just for me. Many seniors find it difficult to filter out background noise and activity also. My Mom needed that too. We knew Mom was failing very quickly when we celebrated her 91st b-day with her in that special room one year ago, but that's not what I remember when I see the photo Kip took. I see a daughter hugging her Mom, with smiles on our faces because we were simply celebrating her life and enjoying our time together.
God is just like that.....He knows our every need, and He lovingly puts plans into place without our awareness. I don't believe in coincidence....I DO believe in God's provision...at all times. He's faithfully pro-active in our lives. Sometimes we recognize His provision, blessing or plan but many times we simply don't.
This week, as your days unfold, try to look back at the end of the day to seek out circumstances or little blessings which seemed like a coincidence. If you do, you will likely be in awe of the power of God as His faithfulness suddenly becomes very clear and "coincidence" could never have turned out so well! Doing this has opened my heart and my eyes to the intimacy of our God, and how much He cares for us moment by moment.
May your week be filled with an awareness of God's faithfulness that blows you away! Then remember to thank Him because His Plans always work for our good, and most often for the good of others as well.
KEYWORDS: God's Perfect Scheduling: (When have you recognized God's faithfulness (in hindsight--not at the time) of God's definite provision or plan following a certain event, circumstance or situation you were uncertain about or didn't know would happen?)
"For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the LORD,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, " declares the LORD......(Jeremiah 29: 11-14a NIV)
"He has made everything beautiful in its time." (Ecclesiastes 3: 11 NIV)
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