Galveston, Texas • 13 October 2011
Mary is praying with me, for me. Her prayers are animated – energetic even. In the middle of a sentence, she pauses as if looking for the right word then sits bolt upright.
“I’m thinking of a verse,” she says, reaching for her Bible.
“Wait!” she exclaims, twisting around in her chair. “That’s it.”
She points to the banner hanging in the prayer room. The simple, beautiful banner read, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Mary said she saw the word “seek” in big, bold letters. Maybe in red or in a different font.
Just that quick she bowed her head again and returned to prayer.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania • 29 October 2011
I’m surprised the line isn’t longer. Renee Swope was giving away free copies of her book, A Confident Heart, and signing them. I’m kind of lost in thought as I approach the table.
Renee looks at my name tag. In great, swooping letters, she writes first my name, then hers on the title page of her book. Then, she pauses, holds her pen up in a thoughtful pose.
“There’s a verse,” she says more to herself than to me.
Then, in the same great, swooping letters, she wrote, “Jer. 29:11-13.”
At home • 7 November 2011
Maybe Mary had seen that verse all day so it was on her mind.
Maybe Renee wrote that verse in everyone’s book.
Maybe it’s a coincidence that Mary and Renee – two women who don’t know each other, separated by 1500 miles and two weeks – came up with the same verse to share with me.
But I know our God works differently.
There are no coincidences for a sovereign God so there’s clearly a message for me in these verses.
… when you search for Me with all your heart.
This is where the blog post should come together with a stunning revelation.
But it won’t. it can’t.
I can’t share what I haven’t unraveled.
But I can invite you to follow the unravelling …