You know those things that when you smell, hear, feel or taste, they remind you of a specific memory? They remind you of a season of life or of a person. Memories are really special things that bring depth, either joyful or sad.
My family and I have been purging and organizing our house these past couple weeks and last week I was going through my box of special things and came across a card from my grandparents from years ago.
Seeing the closing of: Love, Grandma and Grandpa, made me emotional because my Grandpa died about eight years ago. At the time I was too young to comprehend and understand grief, especially because we lived across the country from them. But seeing his name there was so special to me because now I'm used to seeing only one name on my cards.
And as I was going through other things, I was reminded of different times of life that meant a lot or that were simpler, where there wasn't really much hard stuff. It made me a little sad of what once was but God reminded me that He redeems what the locusts have stolen (Joel 2:25). God is our Redeemer and He is our good Father Who loves to take care of us. He will abundantly restore what the locusts have stolen.
So I'm believing that no matter what hard thing I go through, God has a special and beautiful plan that goes above and beyond what I ever thought. Because that's what I've learned about God. That He loves to give us good gifts and bless us and He gives us the hard times to draw us closer to Him so we can experience life abundantly. The good things of life are made ten times better when they are enjoyed with Him and we can only experience that when we come to know Him through hard times.
So I'm going to ask God to remind me that when I am feeling like I'm left behind or I'm struggling in a hard season, that I am doubly blessed. I get that blessing (whatever it is, and however it came) AND I get Him, Who is the true treasure.
Thank You, God. You amaze me with Your kindness.