Today is Monday, July 25, 2005, the first anniversary of my dear husband’s transition to his heavenly home. His soul is resting in peace. And so is mine. It’s all because of God’s Grace Bubble. I won’t say that this has been an easy year for me. But, because of God’s Grace Bubble, more things are going right than going wrong.
Every morning when I arise I say, “Lord, order my steps in your word today.” And He does. Let me give you a few examples that I hope will help you understand the Grace Bubble.
Prior to Rev. Edwards’ departure, we had plans to move to Texas and had a lot of Texas clothing: hats, boots, jeans, etc. Well, after Rev. passed, it was hard for me to wear any of this clothing. However, one day not long after his departure, I prepared to dress. Very clearly, I heard the Lord say, “Put on your Texas garb.” So I did, and left home headed for the post office.
Upon arriving at the p.o. and opening the box, there was only one little envelope inside. Had there been more mail, it could have easily been lost inside of one of the papers. Then, again, it couldn’t have been lost because it was a very special card. This is how it read: “Sorry, cowgirl, you lost your cowboy.” My knees nearly buckled! Here I stood dressed in my western clothing and reading this sympathy note from someone I didn’t know! I was determined to find out who this person was.
Immediately I went back home and called Information to see if I could get a phone number for my sympathizer. Fortunately, the spelling of the name was unusual and I got the number and called. The lady on the other end, Rose McGhee, told me how we had met. It was at a ladies convention in Nashville, Tennessee, the year before. In a small group of ladies, I mentioned that my husband and I were going to move to Texas and be a cowboy and a cowgirl. When she heard that my husband had passed, she remembered our conversation. She had my business card and dropped her God-inspired card in the mail. That made my day. Just to know how God was watching over me and knew just what I needed is more than I can express.
Lord, how great Thou art! He had me dress for the occasion, and then He sent words of comfort to me through someone I didn’t even know. This is just one example of God’s Grace Bubble. Let me give you another one.
God often speaks to me in the shower. This is a place where He rains His shower of love down on me in the beginning of my day, following the reading of His word and prayer. Well, one morning He spoke to me and said: “Mary, because you have given so many people a new start in life, (that was the name of my ministry in the Joy of Jesus family life program) I’m going to give you a new start in life.”
Later that same day I opened up one of the sympathy cards that were steadily coming to my home. The one I want to tell you about had a cross on the outside and the words, “God Bless You” on the front. When I opened up the card the words inside said, “Happy Birthday.” The handwritten words on the bottom said, “We’re praying for you.” This couple probably grabbed the card hastily and thought it was a sympathy card. But I know differently. God had them send that card to confirm that He was going to give me a new start in life. Isn’t that what a birthday is?
There is so much more that I could say to let you know how the Lord has been blessing me this past year. But I’ll save it for another day.
God has a Grace Bubble for you also. His grace is sufficient for whatever you may be going through.
Caught up In Him.