I have received several gifts over the past few days. And am realizing even the awareness of these gifts is in itself a gift, like 3-D glasses that allow you to appreciate a visual story in even greater depth. I skipped the Sleeping With Bread meme this week, but I’ve been sleeping with these oh so fragrant gifts tucked close to my heart:
- an invitation (or two). In this stage of my life, I often find myself on the initiating end of things. So I received an invitation the other day as a wonderful gift. Someone took the time to extend themselves and followed through with a plan and all I had to do was show up and be blessed. But on the other hand, I realized that as often as I initiate things, it’s a way for me to give to others.
- a response. The other day I shared some words (something I’d written) with a friend, via email. Even as I hit “send,” a wave of doubt swept over me – feelings of insecurity and “what if she thinks I’m weird!” But I just hit send, feeling certain that I was obeying a Spirit-led prompting. And I’m learning to let go of responses, realizing that’s out of my control. And yet God saw fit to bring a response my way, an affirmation of sorts to both of us.
- prayer. I always think it’s God that changes things. And yet prayer does have this mysterious role in our relationship with God and others. Anyways, the prayers of a friend were a timely gift the other day and it was exciting to share with that friend how God worked and the whole experience has kind of left me in awe. How exactly did prayer change things?
Even as I write this, I am aware of a common thread of friendship running through each of these gifts. And isn’t that one of the greatest gifts?
So what good gifts have you received this week?