Disclaimer: I have, actually, told this story to very few people, mostly because I feel like they either won’t believe it, or they’ll think I’m crazy if they do.
God has given me lots of gifts. I’m sure all of you would say the same. When asked to list them people usually say God has given them: wonderful spouses, beautiful children, health, jobs, etc. And I would be no different. In fact, I believe everything I have is a gift from God. But sometimes . . . every once in a while, He gives you something in such a way that stuns you. It makes you think, “Wow, God. I know you’re always here and all, but you just showed up right HERE and did that . . . for me.” And it makes you warm and fuzzy, and it makes you realize He really is a Father to you – who likes to give you things just because He loves you.
Well, one day, God gave me this:
Yep, one of those copper pot-scrubber-things. And I treasure it.
I was in my early 20’s. I was in a time in my life where I was really trying to draw closer to God, and learn more about Him. After loosing my earthly father a few years earlier, and feeling that loss very keenly, I was trying to let God fill that void and really feel Him as my Heavenly Father. And I was struggling with it. I was also trying to be better about managing money. I wasn’t bad at it – but I was in a phase where I was really trying to cut spending and impulse purchases.
Also, as you can read in my About Me, I love copper – pretty much anything made of it. I think it’s just divine. I’m not big into jewelry, or handbags, or very much of anything, for that matter, that a lot of women are into. But anything copper catches my eye like a fishing lure to a bass. And I have a nice little collection of things now, from kitchen gadgets, to art, to jewelry. But at that time I was just beginning my collection.
So I was shopping at the grocery store. And – I know you’ve seen them dangling along the sides of the cereal aisles – the little scrubbers were hanging in little individual packages, all bright in their coppery-goodness, and calling to me. I had always admired them before, but never felt so strongly called to them as I did on this shopping trip. I WANTED one. And there was really no reason not to buy it. I was not hurting for money at all, it was only a purchase of a couple dollars. But as soon as I selected my coppery treasure and plunked it in my cart, I felt like I shouldn’t do it. I needed to be disciplined, I thought. It was the ultimate in “impulse purchases” – just the type of thing I was trying to avoid doing. And so I put it back, congratulated myself on my proper choice, and didn’t give it another thought.
I bought my groceries, put them in the car, and drove home. And as I came around the curve and approached my house I saw something in the road, something coppery looking, directly in front of my driveway. I shook my head in disbelief. Then I got out of the car, walked down the drive to the road, and just stood in the middle of the road while the cars drove around me and stared. It was a copper pot-scrubber-thingy – in the package nonetheless!!!! Say WHAAAAT?!?!?!
I really couldn’t believe it. And this is where I expect people to totally think I’m crazy, or lying or both. But I felt like God had plunked that thing down there just for me. Like, wherever all that manna came from back in the day, there was a coppery pot-scrubber-thing up there too, and He let it fall there for me. He knew I wanted one. He saw me agonize over the decision. He watched me put it back. And He wanted me to have one. It was actually a different brand, and nicer than the one I had just been looking at in the store.
What is amazing is that it’s not like He provided one for me two weeks later – this was immediately upon driving home from the store – less than half an hour later. He didn’t give me an old one – like fell-off-the-back-of-the-garbage-truck old. BRAND NEW. In the package! And He left no doubt in my mind that it was from Him – right in front of my freakin’ driveway!!
I picked it up like it was a newborn kitten and took it in the house. And I set it on the counter and cried. Yes . . . I cried . . . over a silly little object that’s purpose is to scrub scrambled eggs off my pans.
I have it still, obviously, and I’ve never used it. It is a reminder to me that God is with me. That He sees everything I do. That He cares about all the little things in my life. That – just like the good father that He is – He wants to give me nice gifts, even when they’re just little copper pot-scrubber things.
I’d love to hear about the little things in life that remind you of God’s presence and never-ending love. I’d love to be inspired by your stories of times that God showed you He was there – in big or little ways. Please comment below so we can revel in God’s grace together.