Every night as I lay my head on my pillow to go to sleep, I go through the list.  Maybe you do too. Lock the doors, tuck in the kids, charge my phone, security lights are on, dog is settled, I didn’t order the curtain clips! Okay, tomorrow, I will definitely order the clips.  Note to self. As soon as I wake up. Order curtain clips.  I had done this every night for a week, only to fail to order those clips the very next day.

Then it happened.  Like a kaleidoscope, all the components in my day fell into a gloriously laid pattern.  I called a friend to ask her about strengthening my core. (A new year’s resolution.) We met for coffee.  She said I should consider joining her Facebook group. After I unearthed my Facebook log-in, the first thing that popped up was a homeschool buy/sell/trade group that I followed once upon a time.  Low and behold, someone was offering 26 curtain clips… for free!

“This must be old,” I thought.

It wasn’t.  I knew the seller and emailed her.  She met me at a grocery store the next day.

“I just have to tell you how neat this has been,” I said to the seller.  “I work at a church, and we have an art gallery. For January and February, our installation is devoted to mental health awareness and speaking encouragement into the lives of others.  I’m using these clips to hang student art. I just can’t thank you enough!”

“Oh, friend,” she said.  “I have to tell you something so unbelievably good.  Our family is headed for a walk right now because I have to get outside every day this time of year; I suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.  Have you heard of it?”

I was dumbfounded by God’s timing. His power. His orchestration. His sovereignty. His grace.

“Yes, I have,” I replied.

“Isn’t it just like our God,” she laughed, “to use my old junk to bless others who are so near to my heart? Praise the Lord!”

By being transparent with me about her struggle, the lady inspired me, and we both praised and glorified God.  May we never cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to receive the power of Christ because of the human tendency to hide our weaknesses.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9