Carol Lund, director of Bridging the Gap, had just challenged a room of 3000 women present at the Thrive Conference to ask God to reveal his audacious love to them during the weekend. Afterwards, during a break and while shopping the many vendors that were present, Miranda and Missy rushed over with glowing faces to tell me their story.
They had been perusing the goods all day, going back and forth between two particular booths. One held the Farm Girl Fresh cookbook, Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World, and one held Finding I AM by Lysa Terkeurst. The two young women had been agonizing over which book to purchase; Miranda had even called home to discuss it with her husband. And then, in a moment of faith, she and Missy asked God to show her what to do. Holding a Dove Chocolate in her hand, Miranda said, “Whatever this chocolate says, that’s what I’ll do.”
Telling me the tale, her face beamed as she pulled out the wrapper to show me her proof. They were giddy with excitement! As I read the words, their excitement became contagious. For on the silver and red foil wrapper were the words: “Buy both.”
Isn’t God great? Isn’t he fun? Isn’t God audacious in every way? It is just like him to answer our prayers, whether big or small, in such a fun way! Audaciously!
James 1:17 tells us that that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of change.
An added bonus for Miranda? Her hotel room cost less than she had expected–and the difference in amount was the price of a book!
God is good. He gives good gifts to his children. He answers the challenge to reveal his audacious love to his beautiful daughters. He cares about the little things that are big in the moment. He loves to make us smile! And when we can’t contain the joy in our hearts, I’m sure he is beaming, too. I pray that he shows you his audacious love today. Ask him. And take notice when he responds.
Dear Lord, may we see the many ways that you are reaching out to us every day. May we hear you when you speak and realize that you care about every single thing that weighs on our hearts. You hear us when we pray and you have good, good, answers for us. Thank you for the times that your love surprises us and makes us beam with excitement! We love you! Amen.