I was having an extremely difficult day. It was one of “those” days – just one disappointment after the other. I temporarily felt sad and abandoned by God and the whole of humanity . If I could have stopped the world from spinning and got off, I would have. I’m sure you’ve had days like that also, from time to time. I wanted to cry and spit fire all at the same time. I lifted a silent prayer to the Lord instead.
Later, at about three o’clock in the afternoon my husband and I were in Sears shopping. He had just gone to the rest room when a petite, elderly lady with milky white, smooth, wrinkle free skin (very rare) approached me and said, “I want to give you something, if you will have it”. I cautiously and a bit pessimistically said, “Ooookayyy”.
She explained to me that a relative had given her a sterling silver necklace which she had waited too long to return. She showed me the necklace, still in it’s bronze box with the original tag still on it, accompanied by the receipt.
The item was quite lovely and I asked her if she was sure she wanted to part with it. She informed me that she was 80 years old (that’s right 80 with no wrinkles) and didn’t want it to remain unused in her possession. She pointed to a small, silver, diamond encrusted cross around her neck, which she said she never took off day or night and it was the only necklace she wears. She then said that she wanted to give the necklace in the box to someone and “I chose you”.
Well I was floored! Upon examining the piece I noticed that on one side there was an abstract butterfly (a universal symbol of hope and renewal) with four delicate heart shapes as wings (a universal symbol of love). The center of it’s body was in the shape of a feminine cross (a universal symbol of the love of God through the blood sacrifice of His only begotten son Jesus Christ). The other side of the piece was very ornate with a tiny cross at it’s center.
I graciously thanked her and said, “God bless you”; to which she replied, pointing again to the cross around her neck, “He already has”. As she was turning away my husband returned and I shared with him what this nice lady had just done, but she just kept walking, as if her mission was complete.
I stood there watching her walk effortlessly away and wondered seriously, had I just encountered a human that God was using to comfort and encourage me at my particularly low point. Or, was she actually an angel of God in human form that I had just entertained, as is mentioned in Hebrews 13:2 and other places in the bible.
I may never know. I do know that in my 36 years of walking with God He has on countless occasions proved to me that He is Jehovah Shammah, “Jehovah is there”. He sees, knows and cares for me at all times. Who can be touched with the feeling of my infirmities because He, in the person of Jesus Christ, had voluntarily experienced them all (Hebrews 4:15).
I will always remember May 23, 2014 as a very, very special day. That day God beautifully, mysteriously, and tangible demonstrated His love to me and lifted my spirits. He consoled and strengthened me so that I could continue to declare His goodness to the world.
Remember dear ones to “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (shaken beyond measure)”. Psalms 55:22 Practice it! Believe it!
By Z Hunt
Copyright © 2014
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