“…She is far more precious than jewels.”
– Prov. 31:10b
Hi again, my name is Lindsey. It’s been a while 🙂 This is my first blog since becoming a mom of two and since I am breastfeeding, I am needed every 2-3 hours and sleep happens in segments… which means this post may have typos and be short but I have to brag on my Heavenly Father.
Today, I was forced to go to the mall. Yes, you read that correctly; Forced. Typically, I, like any other female, would love the chance to get out for a mall date but I do not like taking my newborn out in public until she is a certain age. But today I had no choice. My husband gifted me with a beautiful engagement ring and wedding band over 7 years ago and every 6 months it has to be inspected to keep the warranty active. Well, September is that time so I waited as long as possible and today was the day. I haven’t worn makeup in weeks or fixed my hair. I don’t even care if my clothes match, just as long as the waist band is still ELASTIC since I am still losing my pregnancy weight. I throw on my hat and sandals, pack up the baby and head down I-10. I’ve already established that I am not making any purchases today since we are short a paycheck while I’m on maternity leave so I try not to park where I have to walk through Macy’s to avoid temptation (plus I want the least amount of people to see me since I am a bit sloppy, oh well).
I get to the parking lot and it’s full in the area that I want to park to achieve my predetermined anti-temptation zone. I see a woman walking to her car and decide to wait for her to pull out… and wait… and wait… She doesn’t. In the meantime, I am blocking someone else trying to pullout so I have to leave that aisle. She then pulls out and another car gets that spot. Of Course…
Confession time… I have read my Bible maybe twice since I gave birth to my second. I still have ongoing short conversations with God but I am not where I want to be in my walk right now. I find excuses (mainly, “I want sleep!”) but I know I would have extra joy than what my new bundle of joy gives me if I spent more time with the Lord. I’m working on it though and will try to do better this week! Can you relate?
Anyway, I just lost the spot I was waiting for but I suddenly get the thought, “Ya know? That’s life. We miss out on what we think we want but God has better things in store.” Having that thought, I decide to go to the front row of the parking lot. Low and behold, there is a vacant spot for customers with small children. Bingo! Thank you Lord for this little bonus that was better for me than what I had planned. Now I don’t have to walk through Macy’s and shop for things I don’t need!
I make my way to the jewelry store with my tiny companion in tow, and start my conversation with the salesperson to get my ring inspected. She suggests that it is time for it to be re-plated since it was turning yellow; yeah, I couldn’t argue that – plus it’s covered on the warranty. While she is updating all my info and getting it setup to be fixed, since I have to leave it at the store for a week, I browse a little in the clearance window where I happen to be standing. Keep in mind, I wanted to not shop today and get in and out of the mall as quickly as possible. So I’m waiting and waiting for my info to be updated still, browsing and browsing, and STOP! Ummm… is that my wedding band in the clearance area? Oh no! Is it being discontinued?!!!
I quickly inquire about this and in fact, yes, it is going away FOR-EV-ER! You see, my husband has had it planned all along to give me the second wedding band to surround my engagement ring as a gift for our 10th anniversary. That’s over 2 years away still! I get on the phone right away and tell him what’s up. I also confirm with the store manager and a different location that it is, in fact, being discontinued. Uh oh!
Guess I am going shopping today after all! Here’s the fun part – I totally know that my new wedding band is a gift from God. He gave me diamonds today. He sent me to the mall when I didn’t want to go; He allowed me to stand in front of the clearance window which I never do and gave me the time to browse items on sale. If I hadn’t have been there today and if we would have waited until our 10th anniversary, the ring would be gone (and custom making it is much more $$$)! But no, I get to have diamonds while on SALE! That’s so just like our God. He wants to shower us with unexpected gifts when we don’t deserve it or expect it. I mentioned how I have been falling short in my walk, but isn’t this a little nugget on how we can’t earn any gifts from God? We cannot get to Heaven by our works. No, Jesus gives His love FREELY! I don’t deserve diamonds and I don’t deserve special attention from God, but that’s what I got today! There’s that joy upon joy I was talking about. God is always with us and always wants to shower us with unexpected blessings.
One more thought…
Today, I got diamonds. Since we are children of the King, how many more jewels/blessings/rewards/treasures/whatever you want to call it, lie ahead for us when we get to Heaven?? Cue the chills!
I encourage you today to let God spoil you. Think about all He has done for you, how much He cares for you now, and how He can’t wait to spoil you endlessly for eternity – as any loving father loves to spoil his children. And no, you don’t have to do anything to earn it. Just trust in Him, love Him, let Him be your King and let him be your daddy who cares about you and showers you with blessings you don’t deserve.
(P.S. my book is ON SALE on Amazon currently!)
Join with me in waiting expectantly on the Lord and Keep Shining!
~ Lindsey Alaine
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