As I drove home from work today, I was praying fervently for someone I care about very much.
After being home a few moments, I sat down at the table and began to read my Bible, along with a couple of devotional and study help booklets.
God’s word was comforting to me as I read passages that I felt related to my heart’s longing.
I heard a bird singing outside the window.
Deciding that I didn’t need to be distracted from my reading, I chose not to go to the window to look out.
Moments passed, and I was once again aware of a bird singing sweetly and clearly outside.
This time, I decided I would walk to the window and carefully peer through the blinds into the back yard.
Though I couldn’t find the bird, my eyes were immediately drawn to the rosebush my husband had purchased for me years ago.
Delicately pink roses had burst forth on the bush, covering it with color.
Taking my camera with me, I made my way to the fence and looked at all the blooms.
Beautiful and tender, they brought a certain happiness to my heart.
I was now calmer than on the ride home.
One of the verses I had read at the table spoke of divinely gifted peace:
Tonight I will sleep securely on a bed of peace
because I trust You, You alone, O Eternal One, will keep me safe.
I must trust God and God alone to keep my loved one safe.
God is the only One who can.
With that trust, I will rest with a peace that God has given me.
God blessed me with roses this afternoon…