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Topic: Note (02/07/13)
TITLE: Note of Confirmation
By Melissa Doerksen
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Rolling over after hitting the snooze button for the second time, I allowed one eye to open and roam the room for any possible changes since yesterday. I was instantly drawn to the rosy shade of sky through the pane of the nearby French door. A new day was dawning, and as the sun carefully peeked over the horizon, both of my eyes were suddenly alert. Indeed, this was a refreshing change after the past week of clouds and rain showers.
With both feet now slowly shuffling across my kitchen floor toward the coffeepot, all energy seemingly spent on restless nights of recent, I wondered where God was in all of this; however, I grasped the last thread of hope I felt was quickly slipping from my hand. God has always been faithful, I reminded myself, and this time would be no different.
After sending the kids to the school bus, I tidied up for the day, avoiding my desk with the ever present stack of bills. I glanced out the front window, viewing the sparrows excitedly dancing along the deck rail. Even they were thrilled to see the sun, which had now made a full and glorious return to the sky, after being held away in gloomy captivity for far too long.
My eyes travelled the perimeter of our country yard and settled on the lush green of the lawn still sparkling from recent moisture and back up again to the slightly swaying lilac bushes. I gained a new sense of purpose and freshness just looking around at the nature so wonderfully provided by the Creator of it all.
How was it that He was remembering to care for all the details in nature, and yet feeling somewhat disappointed, I sought desperately now to recall all the care He had shown for me throughout the years. I felt certain He had forgotten about me these past three months since Mike’s departure. No word or acknowledgement from the corporal or any of his colleagues, no jobs to be found in the small community nearby, and a savings account almost completely depleted of any value. What was the world coming to?
Gathering strength I did not feel at the moment, I poured out my heart in prayer like every day before, coming away with an expectant sigh and the glimmer of hope renewed. Perhaps this was a season of testing my faith and patience.
Stepping out onto the deck, the warmth of the new day quickly wrapped around me and lent a comforting aura that reached in and infiltrated my very being. Yes, I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that God was all around me and would not forget about me. Stretching and persuading myself to start in on the household chores that were waiting for me, I suddenly caught the slightest movement out of the corner of my eye. Focusing on the tiny bistro table at the far end of the deck, I walked over to the mysterious item which had grabbed my attention seconds earlier. I reached down to the folded piece of paper held in place by a small rock. Slowly unfolding it, my heart leaped to my throat and tears sprang to my eyes as a bank draft tumbled out, but more than the money alone could have stirred me, was the note inside stating a few simple words that left me speechless and overjoyed simultaneously. It read, “I will never leave you, or forsake you.”
Clutching the note to my heart, I cautiously looked around the yard for any telltale signs of suspicious activity, found none, frantically wiped my tear-stained cheeks, took an exhilarating breath of fresh air, looked up to the Heavens and exclaimed, “Thank you, Lord, thank you!” How could I have ever doubted Him?
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