Standing in my friend’s kitchen, I sipped coffee and haphazardly flipped through a magazine. A baby monitor hummed as the youngest slept. Meanwhile, her big sister cooked imaginary pizzas made from scraps of fabric. My friend Robin sat at the kitchen table working on a sewing project. It was just an ordinary day, two friends sharing life.
Our conversation stumbled upon my daughter’s recent eye appointment. When I mentioned Rachel had to wear patch and the only one we had was a black pirate patch, my friend looked up in complete shock. She exclaimed, “oh no we can’t have that. Rachel can not wear a black patch. If she has to wear a patch it should be pink and shiny! Follow me!”
I immediately obliged. As we walked down the hall to her craft room she turned to me and said “very few people have seen this room.” I stood mouth agape. I slowly turned, soaking in the splendor of such a room. For a novice quilter and crafter this room was a feast for the eyes. Bolts of fabrics in an array of textures and colors stacked in one corner. Buttons, threads and ribbons, pattern books and every type of machine imaginable was in this room. This room is my dream room! “Here hold this she says” snapping me back to reality. “And this, oh and we must have this!” she continued. Twenty minutes later she created an elastic pink sequin eye patch for Rachel!
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
Rachel must wear a patch for a minimum of two hours a day. Every time I see her wear the pink sequin patch I am reminded of my friend’s generosity, but also of God’s desire to bless us. God used my friend and his Word to remind me that sometimes He chooses not to take away our problem nor move us from our current place. Instead, He chooses to open up his store house of blessing and bless us in the midst of our ailment or circumstance.
“May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12