As some of you know, we have recently made a huge move, from Oregon to Illinois, 2,000 miles from our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and friends. And I have been feeling a little homesick. OK, I have been feeling a lot homesick. We have been told the first year is the hardest, and I expected the holidays would be the most difficult. There are traditions and events we have participated in for years. And seeing the pictures and announcements of these on Facebook makes it just a little bit harder, even if we are starting new traditions in our new home.
The other night I was really feeling low. Besides missing my family, our #2 was having a particularly hard week. Oppositional behavior and anxieties were a bit high, and I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I needed to get away.
Later that evening, when I stepped out from the store into the brisk evening air, I saw tiny soft flakes falling from the sky. Snow wasn’t on the forecast, this was unexpected. And sweet. I thought of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I had this feeling God was telling me, “I am here”. As the cold flakes alighted on my face, I felt a peace. Even though everything was a mess at home, most of my time being spent on work or #2’s needs. Even though many friends and family are so far away. I felt peace. It was a little love note from God.
And who doesn’t like to find a little love note? A little “Thinking of you” in the lunch box; “Have a good day” on the bathroom mirror; “I love you” in a pocket.
The Lords love notes just look a little different. The crisp yellow leaf on your doorstep at the beginning of your favorite season; the song on the rainbow you just needed to hear; the unexpected call from a good friend; the rainbow in the middle of a storm; the magical snowfall on a lonely night.
What love notes has God left for you?