"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

3.08.2011

weaving of lives



I have a story I want to share with you all.  One story of many that shows me God works behind the scenes. So much is hidden from us, but sometimes something happens and we say yes, "God did this!" I say one story, because there are many in each of our lives that we may never see, though they are there.

About a year or so ago a woman named Katie left me a precious comment.  She had opened a blog but did not use it, but I was able to leave her comments every now and again too.  Throughout the year she would pop in and leave me a comment.  A month ago I mentioned my visual journaling workshops in a post.  Katie left a comment saying she was interested in them.  I left my email on the post and she contacted me.

Okay, now we get to the good part.  She did not live too far away, and in our communications I found out she used to live in my area and she used to attend a local church that I also attended at one time.  The next time I was at church I asked one of our pastors and his wife (who had started the church she had gone to) if  they remembered Katie and her husband.  Yes they did.  And I just happened to ask another friend who had attended that same church if they new Katie.  Well, my friend's eyes teared up and come to find out they were great friends and had lost touch with each other.  

So last Saturday Katie came to the workshop!!  I cannot tell you what a blessing it was to finally meet her. I told her to expect to see a lady running toward her when we made eye contact.  Yes, I did!!  I asked her how she found my blog...she said, "you know how you just go from one blog to another looking around"...

It was a God thing!!

Katie brought me a precious gift.  Well actually she brought me several.

One being the gift of getting a glimpse of God working behind the scenes.

The gift of herself...she is precious.

And this lovely painted likeness of me...see my glasses and grey hair..

She sits in my entryway to remind me of sweet blessings and of how God weaves lives together.

15 comments:

Janet said...

That's a great story! And the art piece is cute. I'm sure it makes you smile every time you see it.

S. Etole said...

These "God-meetings" are just the best!!!

Bevie said...

It is wonderful when we received such a give showing how God is working behind the scenes. I'm sure you and Katie will become fast friends, and share many wonderful times. God is awesome as he continues to share with us His love!!! love you sis.
Pssst..gotta hacky cough, sore throat and ears...grrrrrr...all I need is rest.hehehhe

Martha Lever said...

What a wonderful story, Mary! God is so good and He loves to network and put His people together for purposes only He knows. I know you feel so blessed to have found Katie and I know she does too. I wish I could come to one of your visual journaling classes with you and all those sweet people!

Susan said...

Made me cry! Love the story, love the "statue" - especially the BIG heart!

Nancy said...

Isn't it wonderful when God brings those special people into our lives....kinda like I felt when you came to the retreat last fall....instant friends......Love reading this story....only God can work out these meetings.....Please tell us about the workshop...we want to hear all about it.......

Love you girlfriend

amybeth said...

WHAT A BLESSING TO SEE LITTLE MARY IN YOUR HOME.
DID I TELL YOU I MADE ONE JUST LIKE IT FOR MYSELF? YOU HAVE A TWIN SISTER.
THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SEE HER THERE AND ONE DAY I AM COMING TO VISIT HER TOO.
BLESSINGS.
KATIE

Mary said...

yes, you must come for a visit!!

Finally Free said...

Thanks for sharing the story and the statue...they both are precious. :)

Blessings,
Tammy

jgr said...

What a great post! I love it when God does things like that!! Yes, I would love to hear all about the workshop, too!

PaperPumpkin said...

"Everything happens for a reason". That is one of my favorite sayings because I know that this is God's work, not ever a coincidence...Miracles are all around us!

Erin Butson said...

Oh wow, I love that. I love when the curtain is pulled back just a little to catch a glimpse of God at work. That is really fun, Mary.

Bren said...

Ah the lengths he will go to for his kids!
Love your 'You' gift.

Buffy said...

I love when God does things like that. Such a great story Mary.Thanks for sharing. And I love what she made you,so adorable!!

Jennifer Richardson said...

so, SO cool!
Smiling,
Jen