Wednesday, October 10, 2007




"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." Psalm 37:3


There it was, the sign I'd been waiting for! "Mums - 10-inch pots: 4/$20.00" Quickly, I pulled onto the gravel shoulder and came to a stop at the large roadside greenhouse. Finding no one around, I loaded four beautiful flowering pots into my car, then went inside to pay. Still, no one came to my aid. Instead, I found a large plastic bucket with a scrawled note that simply said, "Put your checks and cash inside." Lifting the lid, I found the gallon-size bucket full to the brim with twenty-dollar bills and checks. Can you imagine? Such trust!


After I added my bill to the heap of others, I drove away feeling somehow lighter and having a deeper sense of confidence in my neighbors, my town, even my country. Maybe I am naive, but I still believe that America is the best country in the world. Anyway, this trusting farmer who dared to leave a bucket full of twenty-dollar bills on a table in a little roadside stand got me to thinking along some other lines.



Do I trust my Heavenly Father with that same degree of confidence, I wondered, knowing that when I drop my worries and cares into God's bucket of love no one will run off with my joy? On the other hand, am I slow to trust, afraid of the consequences of stepping out in faith?


PRAYER: Father, give me the faith to trust You with everything, believing that no one will be able to steal away that which is rightfully mine, the simple joy that comes from relying on You. In Your Name, Amen.

7 comments:

Dorothy said...

I just love the flowers of Fall. Your story warmed my heart. I know there are people out there who are trustworthy and honest but we hear the negative so much more that we believe the "bad" is the norm. Thanks for reminding me and we will give God the Praise!

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Dear Dorothy,
It is just so much fun to see you over here from time to time! Thanks for doing that. Oh, I love the flowers of fall as well. The seasons up here in Michigan are so colorful--well, with the exception of dreary white winter. (smile), but I'm not complaining. Our spring, summer, and fall have been positively glorious!

Many Blessings,
Shar

Dorothy said...

I wanted to tell you that I have been hearing great things about your books. I also like to buy my books locally. (You know, help your local economy, that sort of thing!) Well, I couldn't find your books anywhere, so I called our local Salt Cellar and had them order them for me. I can't wait to get them. (Takes a week, they said.) I'll get back with you.

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Hi again, Dorothy! What? You couldn't find my books? That's a bummer. They are usually in most Barnes & Nobles (did you check there?) and Parables Bookstores, also Family Christian. I'm not sure about some of the more independent bookstores. I am curious, though, if you checked B&N. Hey, maybe your ordering them will cause the bookstore to get in some more. We can hope.

By the way, thanks so, so much for taking the time to look for my book(s). You made my day!

God Bless!
Shar

Dorothy said...

No Barnes & Noble in Lawton. I did check in Waldenbooks and Hastings as they are local. Not a one! I even checked out WalMart as they carry quite a few. We aren't big city like OKC or Dallas but both of them are a drive from here. The Salt Cellar didn't charge extra for having to order them. That's good. Perhaps they will order extra for their shelves!

Sharlene MacLaren said...

I'm sorry you had to go to all that trouble, Dorothy. What a bummer. If you run into it again, you can always order from the comfort of your computer. Let the book come to YOU!

Be blessed!

Hugs,
Shar

Dorothy said...

That's not trouble...that just tells me that your books have sold out. That's a good sign! Lol!