“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17 NLT).
When my three children were growing up, we often didn’t have money for summer vacations. But one year we did manage a trip to Florida. On the way, we stopped in Memphis for a visit with my mother-in-law. As our older son, Eric, walked around her small backyard, he noticed a bird’s nest on the ground. A closer look revealed that the bird had woven a ten-dollar bill and a one-dollar bill into its nest. We all got a good laugh about the bird’s “nest egg” and Eric got spending money for the trip.
Later that week, my children played in a turquoise ocean next to a white sand beach. Suddenly a wave lapped against Eric, leaving a dollar bill plastered to his chest. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he came up out of the water to show me his latest windfall.
One thing I love about traveling is the unexpected surprises to enjoy, although they’re not usually in the form of folding money. But new sights to see, new places to explore, and new things to learn enrich our lives. And yet, why shouldn’t we view every day that way? We have a God who delights in showering us with fresh opportunities and unexpected blessings. All we have to do is keep our eyes wide open.
As you go about your day, watch for unexpected surprises and blessings that God provides for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to thank Him for each one.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. She also writes for websites and blogs (such as CBN.com and FindingGodDaily.com), contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ 2013 Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. Visit her at www.DianneNealMatthews.com.