One Pink Glove and One Green One
Wintery weather has finally come to California’s Central Coast. Sunday we had rain and hail. Yesterday I got out my winter coat and used it for the first time this season. There was thunder in the night. (I didn’t see the lightning – my eyes were closed – but assume it was thunder because the house didn’t shake as the rumbling continued!) This morning the weather report said possible snow in the mountains as low as 1,000 feet.
Now I know this is no big deal for a lot of folks in this world, but here, we count this as winter.
Yesterday, when I was out walking beside the ocean, I reached into my coat pocket to get my gloves and didn’t find any. This was strange because I generally keep a pair of gloves and a scarf in every coat and jacket I own. Beside the ocean, one never knows when the fog will blow in and it can get chilly! But the gloves weren’t there. I decided I must have taken them out when I washed the coat and forgotten to put them back.
So, this morning, as I got the coat, I put another pair of gloves into the pockets – green ones. I got into the car and decided it was indeed cold enough to put on a pair of gloves. I reached into the left pocket and pulled out a glove – a pink one! Laughing at myself, I put it on and reached into the other pocket and found a green one. Now both my daughter and I were laughing. So I put on the green one as well and we headed down the street to school – one hand pink and one hand green, laughing and joking all the way.
It came to me as we went that life is full of these kinds of surprises from our God. Cold rain, thunder, snow – followed by a beautiful sunny day. The joy of a wedding, followed by the sadness of a family death and funeral. The hopeful waiting for the birth of a child. The friendly word on a difficult day. The kindness of strangers who sympathize and offer help when money is tight. The friends who simply smile at our foibles and love us anyway when we’re being difficult.
We are truly blessed to have a loving God who is always there for us and who delights in surprises – like finding a pink glove in a pocket where only a green one was expected.