Have you ever returned a gift someone gave to you? (shhhh… I won’t tell..)
Have you ever had a gift returned that you gave to someone? (No Way! GASP!!)
Now that Christmas is past, stores will be busy with returns, exchanges, offering gift cards in exchange for receipt less merchandise…
And the gift giver will be none-the-wiser, usually unaware their “just-for-you” gift was returned…
Unless of course that gift somehow makes its way back to the original giver…like mine did…this morning…
You see, I have a friend who loves owls. And mugs. And scripture. So one day a few months ago when she was going through a rough patch in her life, I sent her a gift. A mug. With an owl on it. With a Scripture verse printed on the inside of the rim.
It was really cute. And special. And loved not only by me but also by my friend when she received it.
And this morning…
She sent it back.
Well, not the actual mug, but the Scripture.
She was drinking her coffee from the mug, thinking about me, and the Scripture on the rim of the cup caught her eye. And Gods voice caught her ear.
See, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed lately, with the daunting task of moving staring me in the face. Not just a local move mind you, but a move from Delaware to Florida. 18 hours away from my family, my friends, my church, and my safety net of all I’ve known for 50(+) years.
A move that requires de cluttering , listing, and selling not (1) but (2) houses. Packing away, giving away, or throwing away, a house full of memories, all during the holidays, the winter, all while dealing with Chronic pain. Yeah, a little much right?
Those 2 little words…that somehow make things…so right…
So my friend sends me a picture of the mug along with a message, telling me that God spoke to her as she read that verse, but added a few words to the end. Okay…
She knew right away who He was speaking about through that very Scripture I sent to her. To encourage her.
And now she returned my gift. To me. To encourage me.
This. Is the verse.
“Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
And these were the “added” words…from God…to my friend…
“Even Florida “.
Yeah. But God.
You see friends, God knows in our humanness we are fearful. He knows when we need encouragement. He knows who will hear His voice. And He knows who will be obedient to share that encouraging word.
Even if it is shared through a returned gift.
Gods Words never return void. You can count on it.
His Words to me…shared through this precious friend who was obedient to the Voice of her Abba Daddy?
“Be strong and courageous, Dianna…For the Lord YOUR God will be with YOU wherever you go, even Florida.” Joshua 1:9
Yeah…I believe I’ll take those words with me.
Even to Florida.
Living with Eyz2God,