We knew each other by long-distance before ever setting eyes upon each other. When first meeting her face-to-face I had the distinct feeling I had "come home." Her friendship, her love and kindness to me is like a haven. It is a refreshing tonic that helps to wash away the cares of the day.
It is no wonder then that on our second visit, while standing under the stars on her deck, we witnessed a shooting star together. It was only the second one I have ever seen, the first being on the way back from Arkansas while visiting our friend Jay. (You can read about that here.)
This last time we visited Peggy and her family we had the incredible pleasure of watching it snow.
Snow may not seem like a big deal to many people, but our city has not seen an accumulation of snow since December 18, 1996, and then it was only one inch. In fact, the most snowfall accumulated in Mobile in my lifetime was 3.6 inches on February 9, 1973. I was fifteen. The most ever (since records were held) was 5 inches on January 24, 1881.
So watching the fluffy flakes fall onto Peggy & Bryan's lawn (complete with deer grazing beyond) was a magical thing. It brought tears to my eyes, both the beauty of the snow and the joy in sharing it with such wonderful friends.
It makes me wonder, shooting stars, snowflakes. . .what will happen next time we visit?
Remembering these magical times in our lives, shared with ones we so love, reminds me that our Lord intends for us to live our lives sprinkled with wonderful, incredible, divine moments.
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
That day when we happily watched the snow, we didn't just happen to notice the snowflakes, we watched for them. We were expectant for them. So we should be expectant for the Lord to grace our lives with moments that we are sure come from His loving and caring hand.
Let us look to the skies with expectation. . .for shooting stars, perhaps for snowflakes, but mostly, for Him. As we look for Him we will most definitely find Him.
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." James 4:8
"My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from Him."