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Crickets and Candlesticks

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We sat under a blanket listening to the chorus of the crickets until late.  Every minute of that beautiful night held tight.  We both knew our late summer evenings were numbered, the dew on the grass thick every morning.  The moon was only just waxing but as bright as if it were full.

We'd heard of a storm coming and so we talked about that.  Should we peg down the trampoline?  Move the swing?  Protect some plants?  No.  Nothing needed.  We were ready for the storm.  We'd already been through several and maybe lost a branch or two but everything still standing and still in its place. 

And we talked about the every day.  School.  Swimming.  A birthday coming up.  Fundraising.  Camp.  

Then we were quiet and let the crickets do the talking.  We both understood that sometimes talking about the every day can be overwhelming.  And when Jesus says, "do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34 NIV) we understood.  So we stopped.  Because like our property that would weather tomorrow's storm, we are firmly rooted in our faith.  Tomorrow can worry about itself.

And then you gripped my hand tighter under the blanket and told me about your Jean Valjean moment you'd had with a boy.  How he had stolen the silver and you gave him the candlesticks.  




A second chance.  

You shrugged your shoulders and said you didn't know how it would turn out and this boy might very well squander his chance.  I shook my head.  I reminded you that with another boy at another time, you would have thrown the book at him and it would have been the right thing to do, just as I was certain that this second chance was the right thing now.  I reminded you that your sensitive spirit had heard a quiet whisper in your ear and that's why you'd offered grace.

And you were right.

Because later on that evening when even the crickets were quiet and it was time for bed, you checked your emails and there was one from the boy's mother.  You were right.

You were so right.

You were right to give him the candlesticks because God whispered in your ear and in your heart and you listened. 

When we listen, we don't need to worry.  God takes care of today as well as tomorrow.  

God takes care of the storm.

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