“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
God knows our hearts intimately.
He created us, made us, fashioned us fine.
He knows what makes us tick, knows what makes us cry.
He knows all of us, every part of us, the beautiful, upside down, inside out bits of us.
When we step out in faith, He reveals His purpose, His best, His grand design for our lives on earth and into eternity, too.
When you know, you just know – this moment is a gift from God, this opportunity is a gift from God, this place and this time is a gift from the only One who could give it.
So when we received confirmation that Ginny and two band members would, indeed, be spending the night at our home, I knew it was a gift. Sent from heaven alone.
God knows whose writing and singing heart matches mine most closely. Ann Voskamp. Sara Groves. And Ginny Owens. So He sent one, the only one I needed now. Ginny Owens. To perform in our home, to be present, to give me a taste of heaven.
When everyone cleared the concert, she asked how she could help. A beautiful servant heart, indeed.
She loves washing dishes, so we stood side by side. She washed. I dried. It was simple, really. Whole. Lovely. Pure.
The concert was amazing. But this washing dishes together was the greatest gift, the quietest, most heavenly gift.
Depth of conversation came the next morn around the breakfast table. But this washing dishes together was one human heart plus one human heart doing life together.
We chatted. Milk spilled and puddled around Ginny’s boots and I checked her dress for milk spots. Band members, Dave and Andrew, ate late night pizza at our kitchen table. I brought the kids to bed and came back down again.
Ginny and I washed and dried everything but the awkward glass beverage containers, then called it a night.
It was slow.
One of the greatest gifts I’ve received.
God says…I know you. I know both of you. I brought you together for such a time as this.
This washing and drying, this living side by side, this being God’s beautiful, holy creations complementing one another? This is a taste of heaven. Taste. Believe. Receive the gift. For it is given most kindly, most affectionately, most intimately.
It’s set in our hearts.
He speaks when the time is right, reminds us of the beauty before us.
No one can fathom the goodness.