About 5 years ago, when life had become very difficult, at best,
God began to send me His Loving consolations.
Pixie and I were out walking,
out of nowhere,
a ginkgo leaf floated down to the pavement in front of me.
There was no wind or breeze.
The leaf just floated in my path.
I knew what that leaf meant:
At the time, I had little hope, and I was very depressed.
In Japan, the ginkgo leaf is a sign of Hope.
I realized that this was a consolation that God had sent me to say,
"Be strong. Have hope."
I took a picture of the leaf, and I framed the leaf.
Now, there were 3 other framed leaves in my "gingko" collection of Hope.
So, every year when I am in that area, I wait for my ginkgo leaf, my consolation, my hope from God.
This year, it didn't happen.
I said a prayer one day,
"Lord, where is my consolation? I have not even seen a ginkgo leaf this fall."
The next day,
I found 2 leaves.
I was happy. I framed the leaves with a beautiful, red maple leaf.
Fast forward to last Tuesday.
The news had been very good.
I can't say more than this because it would violate someone's privacy.
Trust me, the news was good.
As we walked towards the parking lot, I looked down, and I saw the leaves.
Not just one.
Not just two,
but almost all the leaves that had fallen off a ginkgo tree were right in front of me.
I started to laugh.
I knew what that meant.
God had sent me these consolations!
I felt He was saying,
"See? I told you everything was going to be all right.
I created the universe.
I keep it in motion.
I gave you a beautiful earth on which to live!
I filled this tree with leaves so that, today, when you walked into that dark, parking garage,
you would see Me in the gift of these leaves and laugh.
That's all I ask.
I laughed the rest of the afternoon. I was filled with joy at the extent of my consolations!
Jesus, I Trust in You!