So as I ran over this morning to pick up the paper I had ordered to make more cancer necklaces, I couldn’t resist popping into the Goodwill next door. Remember, I need to get my exercise. :)
Well, low and behold, look what I found! A brand new Jesus Calling book. My fave. For $2.49! I buy these daily devotionals in bulk and give them out like Halloween candy. Costco is even carrying them now. I recently wrote the manager and thanked him for stocking it. Never heard back, but that’s OK. I’m a big believer in writing to people and thanking them for something they’ve done for you. I needed to thank Costco because they carry the book for $7.99 and I was paying over $13 a book with shipping.
So on the way home, I was thinking how fun it was to find this book at Goodwill, and then I thought, how sad is it that I found this book at Goodwill. It was brand new. The spine hadn’t even been cracked open. They have no idea what they gave away. So sad.
You see, this little book is just so precious to me. Can you imagine having the opportunity of meeting Jesus at Starbucks for just 10 minutes before running errands and hitting the pilates studio? What would He say to you in 10 minutes outside under the umbrella table? How would He tell you that He adores you over a grande drip with cream and no sugar? What nuggets of wisdom could he in part to you while eating a cake pop? (Go on, admit it - you’ve eaten one or two of those yummy things before!)
Let’s say you met up with Him on September 1st. He would have told you this:
“Seek Me with your whole being. I desire to be found by you, and I orchestrate the events of your life with that purpose in mind. When things go well and you are blessed, you can feel Me smiling on you. When you encounter rough patches along your journey, trust that My light is still shining upon you. My reasons for allowing these adversities may be shrouded in mystery, but My continual presence with you is an absolute promise. Seek Me in good times; seek Me in hard times. You will find Me watching over you all of the time.”
Maybe a month or so later, on October 17th, He'll split a blueberry oat bar with you. He would have shared this little tidbit with you:
“Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me.”
Good stuff. It’s like Tuesdays with Morrie. Only it’s every day with Jesus. I think that’s better.
So the next time you’re buying way too many beef taquitos at Costco, maybe head on over to the book department and spend the best $7.49 you’ll ever spend.
P.S. I spent a whopping $9 on all of these books at Goodwill:
God's Promises & Answers
The Life of Jesus (I promise to read this!)
Married for Life, and
The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told (not for me).