Monday, January 10, 2011

God Loves You - A True Story

A friend of mine called recently. She said, "Kat...I just had the COOLEST thing happen and I need to share it with you."

Here's the story she told me written as a narrative. I did change one of the names to protect the intimacy of this story.

THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

Angel looked at her tree. Every ornament brought back a memory, each was an emotional journey...a gift from a loved one, a gift to her daughter. They brought back some beautiful memories. She needed that right now.

This was a rough Christmas. She felt alone. Her husband abandoned her and her daughter. She lost her job. Her unique circumstances made it more difficult for her to find work.

Her daughter would get no gift from her dad. Oh, he would call drunk occasionally, but he was completely absent the rest of the time. No money to help raise her daughter. No emotional support. Most importantly, no father for Angel's daughter.

Yet a FATHER was working, just not the one who abandoned them. This FATHER would never abandon them.

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Some miles away sat one of her friends, looking at her tree. She fingered her favorite ornament. It was BEAUTIFUL! Her mother had given it to her. It came in a set of three fragile glass ornaments.

One was her favorite though. One was the most stunning version of the nativity that she had ever seen. She loved it so much, that at her feet lay three boxes. Amber had ordered another set (just in case one was broken).

Realistically, she had three daughters and knew that the ornament may perish in a "run-by" of giggling girls. It wasn't like her to order a second of anything. Life was not about things, but Christ and the family and friends He had given her.

This ornament was different though and the second set just arrived. As she held the box she heard, "Give it to Angel."

Okay, this couldn't be God. She had been looking forward to this for so long.

"Give it to Angel" she heard a second time.

You know, thought Amber, I really don't want to. This ornament means so much to me. It's celebrating your Son, after all.

Amber opened the first of the three boxes containing the ornaments. It was the nativity. "Give it to angel." was whispered to her heart a third time.

"Sigh" said her heart (though it was almost audible).

Then the floodgates opened in her mind. Memories of a conversation...a conversation had when she was VERY distracted and late for her daughters dentist appointment.

She was at Angel's house picking up her younger daughters. The memories flooded in...

*A tree of gifted and emotionally important ornaments.
*A friend who was so tired and alone.
*A child that had no father, no real father.

The voice came to Amber's mind again, "Give it to Angel. There will be a gift from her FATHER this year."

Tears poured down Amber's face (and Angel's when the gift was received).

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WEEKS LATER ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

After a long drive to visit family, Amber had tears streaming again.

Her mother-in-law, who had not known the story or imagined that Amber had ever seen such beautiful nativity ornaments, had bought her TWO of the EXACT same nativity ornaments for Christmas...TWO beautiful symbols of God's love for her.

God is so amazing.

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You see, our Heavenly Father cares when we are at our lowest. He cares with a love that is more than we can fathom as mere humans. He is THE FATHER to the fatherless.

Don't forget this winter season, that God is there. No matter what you may face. Listen to Him, that He may work through you. Turn to Him, and He will always be there.

We just celebrated HIS SON's birthday, the same Son He gave to die for you. He loves YOU. You are His child.

If He can take an ornament and create a reminder of His love, He can hold you too. Don't give up. Give it up to God.

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
'For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this really hit close to home. As a single, full-time-student mom, you sometimes wonder how God will physically manifest the "father to the fatherless" thing. My children's father is also absent and trying to be all I can be, yet knowing I can't be everything is a delicate balancing act at it's best. Thanks for sharing this, I feel it was just for me!!

    ReplyDelete

In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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