He loves me!

Yesterday I ran a few errands on my way to work. I stopped off for a fill-up. And slipped my credit card into my pocket. Then I went to the market to pick up a few things. Ahead of schedule.

Let’s see …
What needs to go in the fridge?
I switched things around in my bag.
The day flew! I fetched my perishables
to put in the fridge and headed home.
A highly efficient day.

Early this morning, waiting in line at Starbucks Drive Thru, I realized my credit card was missing. A brief car-search ensued. Waiting for my coffee (I was trapped between a bazillion cars so I couldn’t bail), I mentally retraced my steps. No luck.

I’m practicing patience – which means I make no provision for panic – so I began to pray. Not with importunity, but with thanksgiving as I’m learning:

Thank You, Lord, that You have me in Your Loving Hands.
I don’t know where my credit card is, but You do. And You take care of me.

Then I began to praise Him with a childhood favorite. “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. I will sing. I will sing!” (Psalm 89:1)

Then another old favorite: Victory in Jesus, My Savior Forever.
And there in the midst of the 2nd chorus, I suddenly remembered
where I’d left my card: in the bag – with the non-perishables.
Non-perishable. Like The Lord’s Love. How cool is that?

Suddenly I was flooded with gratefulness for His Goodness.
And that’s when it hit me Big Time …

he-loves-meThis is love: not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
(1John 4:10)

That may seem like a no-brainer to you, but sometimes the Truth of that overwhelms my soul. I hope it does yours, too.

Because when you fully realize how much He loves you, Friend
life gets sweeter – no matter what’s happening around you –
and all you want to do is live for Him!
… with or without a credit card.