Have you ever had one of those days where you’re feeling so bad you just don’t ever want to get up again?
For the past several weeks I’ve been under the “instructions” of a physician on what I can eat and what I need to stay away from, and it seems that my new frequent favorites are “nuts”. All I have to do is pick a nut: a walnut, peanut almond, brazilian! As long as it’s a nut. I’m free to eat.
Anyway, last week I was having a really bad day and as I went to reach for a walnut, for some reason my heart really missed my grandfather, so within the simplicity of how my heart works, I looked up to heaven and asked God to simply tell my grandfather I said hello and that I love him.
A few hours later my friend, Gina Aponte, sent me an instant message on Facebook asking if she could send me some shelled walnuts, and I knew… God was letting me know that my grandfather was saying hello and that he loved me too.
How did I know that?
Because… when I was in high school my grandmother used to paint pictures and then each weekend she would take her paintings down to the park and she would erect them on easels and wait for someone to come along and appreciate them. Now, while she was waiting for customers, my grandfather was waiting for her, and he would take his newspaper and sit in the park and read. Then one day he noticed a woman had set up a booth and was selling something unusual: painted walnuts that looked like strawberries. She wasn’t selling any so my grandfather walked up to her, purchased one, and tried to tell her how to sale them. But, when the woman didn’t care to listen to what he had to say, my grandfather decided he would go home and make his own. The following weekend he would return with his painted nuts and show the woman how it was done.
And, “done” he did. Within 10 minutes my grandfather had sold every one of his “red” creations, and when the woman saw that he sold them so quickly she immediately came running to his table and asked, “What’s your secret? How did you do that?”
“Lady, you’ve got to believe in your nuts!”
I never in my life thought I would be sharing that “I believe in my nuts”, but I do! Because if God can go so far out of his way to put it on Gina’s heart to send me a box of nuts… Can you imagine what He’ll do for YOU!
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14)
Gina Aponte, “And you thought you were just sending me a box of nuts!”
Onward with a SMile!