I knew that it was going to be a special day.
“Dress for an adventure, “I called to my girls
all the while wondering
We got in the car and drove south
admiring the Blue Ridge Mountains. It had been years since we had come this way.
Excitement mounted as I drove into the parking lot
of Yoder’s Country Market.
Getting out of the car I remembered time after time
when my parents had stopped here
bringing home delicious barbecue chicken, baked goods, etc.
And the books my mom would find.
Inspirational books that grace my bookshelves today.
I took a deep breath and proceeded through the huge double doors.
For the next 40 minutes we were lost in a place of wonderment.
Candies, jellies, homemade pies and cookies,
Pennsylvania Dutch items,
homemade sandwiches filled with piles of fresh roast beef
Nuts and chocolate covered pretzels,
Coffee mugs with inspirational sayings
At first I walked with a basket
but as the basket filled I switched to a cart.
I thumbed the rows of books
looking…..and looking some more.
One title reached out to me and pulled me to explore the treasures within its covers.
“Yes, God Still Speaks Today” compiled by Norma Plank.
My heart resonates with those words.
Yes, He does.
“A Placeof Quiet Rest” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss also found its
way into my basket.
We each chose a special mug to celebrate the moment.
Jenny immediately wanted the one with the picture of a horse and its colt.
Noelle chose a lovely pink, white and black one saying
“Whatever is lovely..think about such things.” Phil 4: 8
What a powerful reminder!
It really was an easy decision for me
as I reached out for the blue one
with the words
“The Lord bless you and keep you.” Numbers 6:24
Memories of placing my hand on each little head and saying that blessing
came back to me in a rush of emotion. Precious memories. Shining moments.
As we checked out my eyes lifted to the wall and I saw a picture.
Jesus as the Shepherd.
Exquisitely painted with the words from Isaiah 40:11
“He tends His flock like a shepherd.
He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.”
My heart was touched.
How wonderful to remember that that is where He carries us.
You and I.
Close to His heart.
Close to you, O Lord.
Keep me aware of that closeness
during the heat of the day
the busyness of the summer
and amid all the demands and distractions.
As we drove home a few hours later I was still pondering the Touch of His Presence
and the refreshment we received on a seemingly ordinary day in July.
Just like Him to revive our hearts again
because He sees
and He always cares.