- Bruce Wilkinson
It all started when I purchased a luscious and
fragrant basil plant at "Trader Joe's", my absolutely favorite grocery store of all time.
It's almost like when our grocery cart turned the corner, the plant looked at me, called my name, and said, "Take me home. You'll be glad you did."
And I am. Glad, that is.
I put it in one of my favorite containers, and it sits on the corner of our long, gorgeous, thick wooden kitchen counter...comfy chairs pulled up to eat there so you can chat with the chef while she is cooking dinner:)
And every time, and I do mean every time, you circle the corner of that counter, you get a gentle "whiff"...the slightest scent of basil permeating your brain.
I've started to stop at that corner, bury my face in the basil plant, and just take it all in.
Immediately...I feel grateful.
I look down at the pot that is holding the basil plant so proudly, and on the front I see the words I wrote in chalkboard calligraphy...
All Shall Be Well!
And those words make me smile. They remind me of my friend, Vicky.
And most importantly, they remind me that God is in charge. Not me. Thank goodness! I know that. I trust that. I believe that.
No matter what happens, when I trust God...
All shall be well!
If you read my post, the one before this one, you know that this was a really, really hard week for me. A "I got shaken to the core" kind of week.
We all have those. All of us do. It feels a bit like being in an earthquake... with after-shocks following.
And if I'm honest, when I think back about the betrayal that happened, I still feel sick to my stomach.
However, after lots of prayer and tears and processing with Bert...
I am choosing gratitude instead of fear.
I am choosing gratitude instead of anger.
I am choosing joy, and trust and gratitude in the midst of betrayal.
That wonderful and pungent and aromatic basil plant reminds me of God's grace.
It reminds me that His mercy is new every morning.
It reminds me that in the midst of hard, really hard... God is there!
Not some place else. Right there. In the midst of the pain and hurt...
He is there with me.
He is there with you.
Yesterday's July 24th message in "Jesus Calling"
again brought home the importance of thankfulness and gratitude. It said:
"Thankfulness opens the door to My presence. Though I am always with
you, I have gone to great measures to preserve your freedom of choice.
I have placed a door between you and Me, and I have empowered you to
open or close that door. There are many ways to open it, but a grateful attitude
is one of the most effective."
Amen!! And I am more grateful for that knowledge than I can ever say!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
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