This Friday Finds post is brought to you by my “Flood Day.” That’s right. School was cancelled today due to the creeks rising over the bridges.
I was already at work at 6:45 and so I’ve been trying to redo my entire testing schedule…that’s been fun.
Today’s find is a little bit different: I’ve got a fun story for. Last night at small group, a couple people shared that they are daily reminded of God’s love for them in small ways. For example, one woman said she always prays for a good parking spot and she always gets one. Just something God does for her.
I’ve got to admit that it kind of made me mad. I didn’t say anything, but I was frustrated…and spent a lot of time last night thinking about why it mad me so mad. I guess the root of it is that I don’t feel like that’s the way God deals with me. I don’t get those “and then I won the lottery” or “and they lived happily ever after” stories. My friend needed a new car….then passed out at the doctor’s office, broke her nose, and got a settlement that paid for the new car. I’m not jealous, exactly. It’s just that I’ve begun to understand that the easy way isn’t going to be His path for me, and that’s ok. His love for me is revealed in other ways…like the way He strips away my pride and forces circumstances that require I give up trying to do things on my own and trust Him. And that means hard things.
All that to say, last night I was feeling sad and definitely asked God, “Why can’t You just love me that way instead?”
This morning while getting ready for my nonexistent workday, I discovered the cream for my coffee wasn’t smelling right and didn’t think it would be wise to risk it. I’m not a fan of black coffee so I headed to Sheetz on the way in. I got my coffee and when I pulled out money to pay, the cashier asked, “Would you like your coffee to be free this morning?”
“Ummm, yes. I most certainly would,” I stammered back. (Turns out they changed their rewards structure and I hadn’t realized….)
It’s not an earth shattering miracle to have a free coffee that typically costs $1.50 but I don’t want to ignore that it was a gift. God sent His love in a clear way…the easy way…and I am thankful I didn’t miss it.
And another little find for you, courtesy of my sister, Amy. Some friends of hers are the models in this adorable “This is Us” Themed Photo Shoot. So fun!