Yesterday I was outside early in the morning walking Emma's puppy Charlee Louise and our Nelly up and down our lane. My heart was heavy and burdened. Someone we love so very, very much has encountered just about the worst imaginable circumstance. She is a 'daughter' to us. Her situation couldn't even have been dreamed up by Hollywood. It is that horrible.
I was praying as I was walking.
Add to the fact that this afternoon is the appointment with the surgeon.
As I was walking, I looked up and noticed the apple tree. See, our neighbors have an apple tree that looks like it's on our property, but really is on theirs. The apples are just about ready to pick. We admire the apples, but they aren't ours. Well, except for the drops. They don't care about the ones on the ground, so we have gathered a few here and there. The ones that the birds pick apart on one side. Or the ones that just drop on their own.
With my heavy heart I stood staring at the tree. It's a beautiful old tree. I was admiring God's creation and the beauty of that old tree.
I was kind of whispering my thoughts to the Lord and said, "The apples look delicious. Lord, I would love an apple. I will not pick my neighbors apples, but it would be so fun if an apple that was beautiful was on the ground."
Might sound silly to most. But these are the kinds of things I talk to the Lord about. Little things. Big things. Huge things. Teeny-tiny things. He cares about them all. He really does. He wants me to talk. He wants you to talk to Him. About all.of.it.
I stood for a moment just looking at the tree. It really is gorgeous. Strong. Big.
And as I stood looking at that tree
I literally laughed out loud.
And at that moment the Lord whispered,
"Linny, I hear your cries. I hear your pleas. I care more than you could ever imagine. I am working on the seemingly impossible and mountainous situation with your precious "daughter". I go before you with the surgeon's appointment.
Did you see that apple drop?
I heard your whisper.
An apple sent from Me.
A simple teeny-tiny desire of your heart.
If I care about the little desire of your heart -
how much more I care about all the giant things.
I love you, Linny.
I love you."
How about you?
Are you in need of an apple reminder today?
Did you know that God is your rear guard?
He goes before you.
He never slumbers.
He never, ever sleeps.
He doesn't go "out to lunch".
He doesn't put you on hold when you call out to Him.
You don't ever need an appointment.
He hears every, single one of your cries.
He moves the mountains.
He is your Advocate.
He is your Defender.
He is your Healer.
He is your Provider.
He works the night shift on your behalf.
Never for even a moment in history has He removed His faithfulness.
Even when we aren't faithful?
Yup. He still remains faithful.
Grab an apple and set it on your counter.
And remember with me.