It’s a few days before Easter. And as I reflect on the cross and the miracle of Jesus rising from death, I am awed once again. That the Son of God would die for me and you, is miraculous in itself. But it didn’t end there, he conquered death and our sin, so we can live victoriously now and forever!! This causes me to reflect on the miracles God has performed in my life . And really, there are many. Some are big and some are seemingly insignificant to anyone but me. I have a story that I want to tell that reminds me that to the God who overcame death, NOTHING is too small for him. I call this story The Miracle Mixer. It’s all because of God’s faithfulness that this story is possible. I love this scripture, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19.
This story begins in 2009, when I became reacquainted with a friend whom I had not seen in 17 years. Cathy had two little boys back then. I remember her boys being cute and well mannered and Cathy as a smart mama who sewed and made beautiful things. The last time I saw her, her oldest son, Witt was 10 and my second daughter, Claire was 5. I have a picture of our homeschool co-op group sitting on a wall dressed in Medieval costumes and Witt brandishing a sword and looking brave and Claire sitting with her sisters and friends, just past the toddler age herself. Fast forward 17 years, now Cathy and I each had two more daughters. My daughter, Nan, and Cathy’s daughter, Rose, became fast friends in the Bible Study we attended that year. This was Cathy’s first and only year attending this particular Bible study. I had been going for years, but had decided not to attend this year because I had young teenagers that I was homeschooling and I felt I needed more time at home to accomplish that. But God impressed upon my heart that I should attend, so I signed up at the last minute. I’m so glad I did because we spent each Thursday after Bible study, together, eating lunch, becoming fast friends again. And as you might have guessed we re-introduced Witt and Claire and they fell in love and married a year later. We could not be more in love with this godly, caring and handsome man and we are so blessed to call him our son. Nan loves to take credit for bringing Witt into Claire’s life.
And now here is the mixer story. The circumstances and timing of these previous and next events, that I’m about to tell you, can only have come from our good Father, who sees all and knows all. I think of the story of Esther in the Bible. She saw God work on her and her people’s behalf through what seemed like random circumstances. God used her for big things, to save her people. We might never be called to do anything big like she did, but we are called to be faithful and to bring all our requests and needs before God. Have you ever seen God work on your behalf? What seems so random to us, is all a part of Gods plan for our lives.
I told you Claire and Witt fell in love and wanted to get married. Before this, Claire had been a nanny for a missionary family in Paris, France . While there she took French lessons and applied to culinary school, as her time as a nanny was drawing to a close for she loved Paris. And she already loved to cook. She was accepted to the school, but due to many reasons, some financial and some logistical , she disappointedly decided to come home, not sure what God was doing in her life. She finished up her college education at a local University, with a degree in creative writing. It was during this time she met Witt, fell in love and became engaged.
Weddings are exciting and this was our second one with three more weddings to plan one day. We had college educations to pay for, braces, contacts and just the general expense of a large family living on one income. Someone was giving Claire a kitchen shower and she had on her registry many wonderful things, but one thing she wanted more than anything was a Kitchen Aid Standup Mixer. The one she had chosen was cream colored, Almond they called it. It was out of my price range at that time in my life. I remember praying that God would show me what I should get Claire. I wanted to get a very special gift for her, one that would be useful but something she really wanted.
I remember going to lunch with my husband on a Tuesday , we usually went on Fridays . Hart worked from home then, so we had made this our special treat. But I grabbed him from his office on Tuesday and said let’s go get some thing to eat so we can talk. We went to our favorite, but inexpensive, hibachi restaurant in our small town. I remember telling Hart about the kitchen shower for Claire. He said he wished we could afford the mixer but it was not in our budget. After our Friday lunches we usually browse Goodwill where Hart likes to look at the books and I wander the store. So on this Tuesday he asks me if I still want to go to Goodwill. Sure, I said and headed over to the appliance section. And what did I see on the very bottom shelf, covered in dirt , but a Kitchen Aid Mixer!! Excidely I pulled it out and called to Hart, we plugged it in. It worked! I looked in the mixing bowl and there were all three accessories! We couldn’t believe it! We took it to checkout and paid 25.00 for it. I remember getting it home and washing it with just hot water and soap. How surprised and taken aback I was as I looked at it. This mixer was in perfect condition , not a scratch on it and it was the prized Almond color!! The only thing missing was the original box! How did I get Claire’s dream mixer for 25.00 when on the registry it was listed for 399.00! All I could do was to exclaim God’s goodness and faithfulness . When I took my gift to the shower and told the story of God’s blessing and provision there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
I love the many stories of George Mueller, a man of God who prays about everything . He once said if you receive a parcel and it is tied up in string and you can’t open it because you don’t have a knife or scissors, pray about it and ask God to help you untie the knot. How I love that illustration about how nothing is too small or insignificant to God . God knew Claire would need to be in the US so she could meet the man we had been praying for since her birth, that both Cathy and I should attend the Bible study that year and that God would arrange it so I would be at that Goodwill store, on that particular day, that someone had decided to get rid of a perfectally good mixer. It’s times like this, that I can always go back to when my days seem hard and I feel like can’t see what God is doing in my life right now. These memories strengthen my faith and I know that God cares about the seemingly insignificant things in my life. I can be sure he is working on my behalf, my family’s and yours as well.
What are some ways you’ve seen God working on your behalf or your family’s? I’d love to hear about them, for it gives God the glory and strengthens the faith of those reading it.
Have a very blessed and wonderful Easter! For Christ is Risen, Risen indeed!