THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
My family would be arriving soon to celebrate my birthday. Opening the closet door, I reached for an apron before heading into the kitchen to prepare a tray of fruit to serve. Fleetingly, I thought, a pink apron would be so nice right now—it would match my clothes. I settled for an orange one and went on my way.
A short time later, my son, his wife, and their two little ones came hurrying through the door. Running into the kitchen, my 6-year old grandson thrust a package into my hands. I sat down on the floor and together with his 9-year old sister, we all excitedly tore the paper away.
“Grandma, Mom made you something!” Knowing about the new sewing machine in their home, I could hardly wait to see what wonderful surprise awaited me. I already knew I would treasure it because of the time and effort my daughter-in-law had lovingly invested in this gift for me. As I lifted the lid, I could hardly believe it—an absolutely adorable pink bib apron lay nestled in the tissue paper. I immediately put it on, telling everyone how I had just opened the closet door and thought how nice it would be to have a pink apron!
Of course, I had not prayed for a pink apron and I had certainly not had time to mention to anyone that I wanted one. I had several aprons and I always just grabbed one, without giving it much thought. It was just that, on this particular day, I had on pink and I wanted to look pretty for my birthday celebration.
Thinking back on it later, I recalled a scripture that I’ve always loved stating that God gives us the desires of our hearts. Years ago, a friend explained to me that the scripture could mean that He gives us the things our heart desires and that He is the one who places the desires in our hearts. Of course, I know God answers prayers and I’ve been blessed by His answers many times through the years. But a pink apron? That can’t be that important in the grand scheme of things. Since I don’t believe in coincidence, though, I know that this was meant to be a happy blessing. It was one of those moments when I knew that everything that matters to me matters to my Father. I felt so cherished!
Since the pink apron episode, I’ve become more aware of the little blessings He shares each day. Of course, I’ll always pray and ask Him to take care of the huge obstacles that threaten to overwhelm us at times, and I’ll trust in His care and provision. I’m sure, though, that every now and again, I will smile as I remember how He cares about the little things, too, and delights in giving us the desires of our hearts!
PRAYER: Father, thank you for your many blessings; large and small.