GOD'S EXTRAVAGANT GRACE
We've had such a tremendous response to our news of our recent purchase of a house in France. Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement.
We are learning that we just cannot out give God. We just can't stop ourselves from telling others how good and kind and generous God has been to us.
When we were looking for the "right" house for us I, Debbie had 3 requests. I had resigned myself to living in a very, very small apartment and my requests were:
1. A bedroom large enough to hold our bed
2. A separate room to do my art
3. A rose bush
I know it sounds silly. I'd always admired the rose bushes in Europe and I thought if we had to start one from scratch we might never get to see it fully developed. That is the reasoning behind the rosebush.
So, as we were looking for a house, I was looking for that rosebush.
Nope... that house didn't have a rosebush, it's not for us.
As I look back on my simple requests I realized;
I thought too small about what my Father could, or would provide
Our Father's kindness knows my heart & honours seemingly insignificant things I care about
I can never out give God in terms of sacrifice
I can expect extravagant grace from my Father
Right after I wrote the above, I sensed that God was telling me to go count the rose bushes. Now that spring has sprung in Paris I notice that those lifeless sticks I saw in the Fall were actually rose bushes.
So I started counting,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7, 8, 9...Wow there were so many,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 20...
by this time I had tears in my eyes at God's generous abundance,
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26....and still there were more,
27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, - Thirty-five rose bushes!
Now I don't want to sound like a mystical weirdo, but how obvious is that answer to my simple prayer.
What do you think?