Author: Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)
At the end of a dry winter, we finally received about an inch and a half of rain. It was amazing how much fresher the garden looked. Everything was greener and stood taller. A few days later, I noticed dozens of small lettuce seedlings poking up between the brick paving which forms the garden path among our vegetable beds. Because the bricks had absorbed so much moisture from the rain, they were damp enough to encourage the growth of tiny self-sown lettuce seeds in a way which the soil struggled to do. Because of the dry year, I hadn’t expected the lettuces to survive. But here they were, creating an amazing example of God’s surprising abundance.
God’s gifts don’t always come neatly packaged, growing in tidy rows or in the ‘right’ places. From my experience of God’s gifts in unforeseen and totally unexpected places, I have seen that he can always surprise and delight us.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for surprising and delighting us with your bounty, just when we need it most. Amen