God didn't have to allow her to catch one that day right as I was walking by, but His naturally impeccable timing allowed me to witness a beautiful picture of waiting, hope, delight, provision and guidance. He could have shown me this any time, but maybe I would've missed it which would have truly been a shame. Maybe I wouldn't have been in the midst of a transition so it wouldn't have had an impact. But it did. HE did.
These words have been echoing in my heart this week, "Be their shepherd and carry them forever" (Psalm 28:9b) and "He will guide us forever" (Psalm 48:14). You see, my God doesn't change EVER. So, since He is my Shepherd now, my Guide, now, that will not end with my time on this earth. This is a BIG DEAL with ETERNAL IMPLICATIONS. The way I learn to follow Him pre-Heaven must be practice. It must be preparation for I have the privilege of being carried and led along towards something else He will have in store for me. Probably deeper into the Infinite Cavern of His Nature.
Here's some really good news. I can get lost in Him NOW. The more I look at Him and His Goodness, His Love, His Person, the more I hide myself in Him by seeking Him, the less I worry about the rest of this earthly blip on the eternal radar. My scope broadens as humility changes the entire lens on which I look at life. The self-focus fades and my ability to view Him clarifies everything. No longer caught up in personal concerns because I see that to a degree it is not a problem I have to fix. Only HE can transform, so if my one goal is letting my Shepherd lead, letting Him be my Only, everything else gets taken care of. Oh, may He be my Tunnel Vision, everything else blocked out because His beauty holds my gaze!
I pray I look at Him like that young fisherman looked at me, regardless of whether my earthly dreams come true. Because my heavenly ones will. I pray I always remember that my Leader is also my Emmanuel. Because His Presence enables me to do what I could never accomplish without Him. I pray that this In-Between of waiting is not void of watching for Him, with that eager and confident expectation that defines Hope, because He who never changes WILL come through.