I had some last minute Christmas shopping to finish up that Saturday afternoon, but my mind seemed to be a million miles away. I had been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Our money situation wasn't looking too good and Christmas was right around the corner. I kept racking my brain, trying to figure out a way to make it all work and calculating what we would need to get by. Until, of course, I realized where I was and what I had come to do.
I looked around, making sure no one had witnessed me staring off into space. There I was, standing in a chaotic heap that once resembled a store aisle. A journal, that's what I was there for. After a long while of searching through each unorganized stack, I came across one that my friend would like. As I skimmed the shelves one last time, I felt the need to look up. Then I saw it, the words jumping out at me. Thank God for what you have. Trust God for what you need.
I thought it was a journal until I opened it up and discovered it was a 2014 planner. Kinda funny, since I had just told my husband that I needed a new one only hours before. But, since I was so concerned about money at the time, I had decided to wait and get one later. Well, as usual, God had another plan.
Not only was it purple (my favorite color), but it also had a butterfly on it. To any other person, that probably wouldn't mean much. But, you see, butterflies have always been God's little sign to me that everything is going to be okay. I couldn't help but smile when I realized that He was using something as simple as a planner to speak to me. Only He knew what I had been struggling with and He knew exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. It was a promise, a reminder that He'd take care of us no matter how bad things seemed to be. Needless to say, it came home with me :)
What has God used in the past to speak to you?