Five hundred miles of highway behind me, on the first of many road trips I’m destined to take. In heat that makes your skin feel like you’ve been roasting over an open flame. Leave it to me to put my finger down on a sultry little town, what kind of a name is Prosperity Cove? “I’m doing it, Betsy…doing it for both of us, like I promised.”
Growing up Betsy and I were inseparable. We spent hours dreaming of the road trips we planned taking. Out of the blue, Betsy became ill, a rare blood disease. Three months later, there we stood, family and friends saying our final goodbyes. I placed a white rose on her casket along with a bit of my heart. Our last conversation would continue to haunt me.
“Put your finger down on the map, the way we planned. It’ll be like opening a surprise gift.” Betsy said. “Promise me, Kelsey. Go on these road trips for both of us.”
“I…I will. Tears streaming, I softly said, remember best friends forever.”
“I love you, Kelsey. I pray for God to surround you with His Angels.”
“Nearing Prosperity Cove” Okay, so it’s a hand painted sign, that’s not necessarily bad, is it? All of a sudden, relief comes, like standing in front of a frig with the door open. Unlatching the convertible top, I feel the cool, gentle wind breathing on my face, whispering peace to my soul.
Hand painted or not, you’re a sight for sore eyes, “Welcome to Prosperity Cove.”
Antique shops…maybe? Three quaint little shops, each one adorned with a flower garden, complete with a white picket fence, like a painting from days gone by. “Oh! Betsy you’d love this.” I bet there are some real treasures inside.
Entering through the vine covered arbor, FAITH, on a sign attached to the arch, gently swaying. Orchids of every size and color creating a garden in perfect harmony, like being transported to paradise.
“Orchids are one of God’s more majestic flowers, pristine in all their glory. I’m Faith, welcome.”
“Thank you, Faith. I thought you might sell antiques, I don’t see anything.”
“Life is not only what you see, it’s deeper in your spirit, when you seek you will find. Faith believes. Faith takes us where we need to go. It’s imperative to bear our shield of faith. It enables us to be victorious in our stand against evil.”
Walking up to the next arbor, covered in twinkling lights, the word, HOPE, painted in gold letters greets me. I step into a dreamlike garden, flowers everywhere, forming one magnificent bouquet! A wishing well in the heart of the garden bears a sign. “Renewed Hope” Walking down the cobblestone path I pause to read a scroll positioned on a pillar.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.” Is 40:31 NIV
“I’m Hope, so glad you came to visit.”
“Thanks, is it okay if I browse through your shop, what do you have?”
“We are flowing with hope. Without hope one will easily stumble and lose heart. Hope gives us inner strength. Come, sit in the garden. I’ll make us a soothing cup of tea to enjoy while we chat.”
A rose covered arbor, LOVE, in gold letters, invites me through the next gate. The perfume of roses filling my senses tempts me to sit, and bask in the tranquil beauty. I adore this statue of an angel reading a book, in it is written,
“Love is the Greatest of all.”
“I’m Love, What troubles you, my child?”
“I have been to all three shops, there’s not anything for sell.”
“Oh, my child, what we freely offer can’t be bought with money. Take this book. It will help you to better understand our mission in your life.”
On the iridescent white cover, the words,
“The Holy Bible”
“And now abide Faith, Hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Cor.13:13 NKJV
On the inside cover,
“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6: 20-21 NKJV
“Please keep us in your heart.”
Faith, Hope and Love
“I figured it out…I really did, Betsy. I know why it’s called Prosperity Cove. Faith, hope and love, these three are life’s true treasures.”
Turning for home, wondering if anyone will believe me, it seems almost like a dream, but I was there.
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