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We have all had the experience of that little thing that happened that simply seemed as though it was just for us, just for that one moment.

Sometimes it is that a certain grocery item is on sale, just when you need it, but have little money.

Sometimes it is a sunset, or sunrise.

Sometimes it is a rainbow … a double rainbow.

Sometimes it is encouraging words from someone.

Sometimes it is your child getting on that sports team, in that drama production, in that university.

Sometimes it is finding twenty dollars in your coat pocket.

Sometimes it is a parking spot at Costco.

Whatever it is, I bet is brings a big smile across your face. I bet you utter :

“wow!”
“yes!”
“thank-you”

It is an unexpected blessing, a joy, a gift.

Recently, while reading a post by Chloe Arnold, at her blog home, Beyond Blessed, I was introduced to the concept of God winks. Chloe describes a ‘God Wink’ as “simply one of the many extraordinary little “coincidences” in life ordained by God.” She references a book, written by Squire Rushnell, called “When GOD Winks at You” (amazon). Although I have not yet read it, it is now in my queue.

Since my introduction to the idea of a God wink, I have been … well, looking for them. There is something addictive about searching for a God winks, it is almost like being on a treasure hunt. Whenever one happens, I start anticipating the next, and they appear!

I suppose one could say that I am inventing them, from my own need to receive them. I prefer to look at them differently. I prefer to view my anticipation

as expectancy.

God has promised his spirit …

“If you love me, keep my commands.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever
—the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him,
because it neither sees him nor knows him.
But you know him,
for he lives with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17

No, it didn’t say anything about a wink,

but it did say,

“But you know him,
for he lives with you and will be in you

If his spirit dwells in us, his spirit knows us intimately, knows us from the inside out. His spirit knows what we need, and just when we need it.

So, I challenge you, spend one day, just one day, looking, with expectancy, for a wink from God. And when it happens, return the wink to him in praise and joy. It could alter your day.

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I am not an expert gardener, but one thing I do know is that most plants have specific needs regarding where they are planted.

Although a dandelion will grow just about anywhere, a rose is more fickle. Sedum will grow in a plastic bag, stuffed in a box, under the deck (true story), but impatience will wilt under direct sun.

Sometimes I am like that fickle rose. I need lots of sun, but not too much, lots of water, but at the right times. If you uproot me, and place me in new soil, I am likely to reject my new soil.

Sedum Autumn Joy 2

I wish I were more like Sedum. Sedum is a hardy plant that will grow in sun or shade, in heat or cool, with lots of water or in dry soil, in a pot or in the ground, in sand or clay. With leaves that hold moisture, it is self sufficient, and thrives when most plants wilt under the hot summer sun. It is the plant you just cannot kill!

In the spring it emerges from the ground in a perfectly formed mound of lovely light green. As it grows it’s leaves darken and white blooms push forth, seeking the light. Then, as summer moves on towards autumn the white flowers change to pink, then salmon, and finally to a deep burgundy before the cold of winter causes the plant to become dormant. Even in the midst of winter, the flowers that remain are a visual distraction from the wilted plants around it.

No matter where you plant Sedum, it will bloom.

I wish I were more like Sedum. I wish that I would grow and thrive and blossom and bloom wherever I am planted. I wish that I could rely only on the sustenance that I was created for, and not continually stretch my roots out for more. I wish that even when all around me is death, I would still stand tall pointed to the sky.

We all have all that we need within our reach. God has granted us His Spirit to dwell within us, and we, like a succulent plant, need only to rest in the assurance that our needs will be met from within, through the thirst-quenching of the Spirit. With the Spirit dwelling in us, we simply have to bloom … right there (right here) where we are planted.

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