The wind was blowing and the mood was light at the green market. I had $10 in my pocket so I was carefully contemplating on what to spend it on. My friend and I walked by a beautiful flower stand and I mentally noted that I would be back for the ranunculus. $5 went to my favorite on tap kombucha, after sampling a few flavors I had never tried before. Then, we heard a faint chorus that we both know so well "Forever He is glorified, forever He is lifted high..." coming from a little jewelry stand. We walked over and smiled at the man while casually admiring his artwork. We mentioned how much we love the song and how amazing it was that he was playing it. We chit-chatted about other worship music as I sifted through his beautiful rope bracelets.
Now, you can probably gather how much I love bracelets. My wrists are clothed in various ones, representing different friendships, moments, experiences, and hardships in my life. They mean so much to me that I never take them off. I asked the man how much his bracelets were and he replied that they were $3. That's not a lot, I know, but I was saving my $5 for those ranunculus or something else amazing. I decided to pass on the bracelet and as another couple walked up to his stand, my friend and I started walking to the next vendor.
"Miss" he called, "Come back." As I made my way over to him, he motioned me closer. "Please, I want you to pick one. Whichever one you want."
"Oh, that is so kind, you don't have to do that. But, thank you so much!" I said with a smile.
"No, I insist. I see that your wrist is full of bracelets and they must mean something to you so allow me to be a part of that story too."
Tears filled my eyes at his thoughtfulness and I found this bracelet almost immediately. Pink and orange and blue and yellow - the colors of a tremendous sunset. A reminder for me in this season that God sees me and that even in quiet times where it doesn't seem like anything is happening, He is weaving in the unseen.
Maybe you need this heart hug right now love. A reminder that God knows the desires of your heart. Process is never easy but it is needed.
Every single thread is so purposeful. Every knot, no matter how painful or hard is drawing you closer to Him. Every intersection and twist is getting you ready for your next. Enjoy this journey instead of wishing it away. And remember that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
xoxo Beth Ann