“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I love a snooze button.
Being a non-morning person, I guess it makes them a little more, well, tolerable.
But, recently, I’ve been tested.
There have been three times lately when I snoozed a bit too much…but surprisingly, still made it to my destination.
Let me explain.
The first time was (a-hem) for church.
I mean, we had been traveling quite a bit, I was tired, and blah blah blah.
Just being honest.
But when my feet hit the floor on the third snooze and I still managed to pull it together to leave on-time?
Oh sure, the music and the sermon were great, but that wasn’t the best part.
That happened when we were leaving.
The jovial greeter was unusually serious that morning. He looked me straight in the eyes and said “You’re struggling with your Mama’s death, aren’t you?” and before I could even process what he said, he hugged me and said “It’s okay. God already knows that and He will help you.”
The second time was over Christmas. We were scheduled to go out to eat with my mother-in-law and her friend.
I could have easily snoozed and missed this event; after all, I didn’t know this friend and she didn’t know me and well, what would it have mattered….right?
Instead, the friend and I had an instant bond. She just glittered for Jesus. In the middle of the conversation, she leaned over to me and with a huge smile said. “You know Jesus is your Comforter and your Helper.”
And, the most recent time was just last week when I set the alarm extra early to go with the other “it’s a new year and I need to exercise” people at the YMCA.
I’m not really sure how I got inside that building with my eyes half-closed, but I made it.
And there she was.
The lovely lady with the sweet spirit.
She asked me how things were going and I tried my best to give her a smile and an update.
And that was that.
Until we were walking out the door.
She approached me again and this time, she said “Jesus is near to the broken-hearted. He will comfort you.”
You know when three “random” (not) people offer words of encouragement to you, one right after the other, you pay attention.
How could they know I had been gliding through the holiday season at record speed, in need of some unexpected encouragement…when I didn’t even realize that myself?
Ah, but He did.
Because He knows my heart.
How cool is that?
That’s LOVE, people.
Perhaps you’re in need of some “unexpected encouragement”, dear friend.
Or maybe you’re the one God is going to use to encourage another soul.
Either way, the blessing is coming.
Because He knows your heart too.
And yes, I still love a snooze button.
But now when I hit it, I can’t help but wonder with what the day will bring.
Even if it does take me a couple snoozes to get there.
Spread your joy,