In life we find that between the mountains there is always a valley. Recently at a women’s conference I attended, Lisa Harper spoke about this fact being true geographically, physically, and spiritually. The conference weekend was truly a mountaintop experience for me. The worship led by Meredith Andrews, the testimony of Jan Harrison, and Lisa’s Bible teaching lifted me to heights of joy that blessed me greatly. The fellowship with family and friends I hadn’t seen in a while added to my blessings. I returned home on a mountaintop.
I have learned over the years to expect a valley experience after such a mountaintop. I knew Satan would attack me and I knew how (because he knows what gets to each of us). In the days following I found myself beginning a pity party because I felt so alone and forgotten. During the following week, I could tell I was becoming mildly depressed so I cried out to God to let me know I wasn’t alone. As usual, He responded in a way that spoke directly to me.
I love nature. I am fascinated by the variety found in animals, birds, trees, flowers, etc. I have a special affection for birds. God blessed me with a wooded area and a small creek behind my apartment where I can sit and watch birds, squirrels, rabbits, and I even saw a heron one morning. This particular Sunday morning I was preparing for church while still feeling down in the dumps. I opened my patio door to take my dog outside when I heard a loud quack as two large ducks just like the ones pictured here flew over my head and landed in the creek.
I don’t believe in coincidence. You can’t tell me that those two ducks “happened” to land in the creek at just the exact moment I stepped outside. I do, however, believe in Godwinks: those special gifts from God given to remind His child of His love and presence. This was one of those given to me at a time when I desperately needed the reminder.
I sat there on my patio for over five minutes just watching those beautiful creatures as they floated together in the stream of water. As I gazed at their beauty, I felt my heart fill with the joy that comes from knowing I have a Heavenly Father who loves me so much that He hears my cry and answers in a way that lets me know: “I love you, I am with you, and I will never forsake you.”
My encouragement for you today: when you are feeling Satan’s darts of doubt, despair, or fear, call out to God. Then keep your eyes and ears open because you never know when He will send a Godwink to bless your life and reassure you of His presence and love. It will be just for you, something you will see and know and appreciate. That’s the way our Heavenly Father works. His love for you is deep and personal and never-changing. Count on it.
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