“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Leather Jacket

by Macy Johnson

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7 NIV)

Georgia’s sunny, winter days call for light jackets, not heavy coats.

I wished for many years of owning a black, genuine-leather jacket, but settled instead for ones crafted out of vinyl. Vinyl jackets are flimsy, wear at the collar, peel apart, scratch my neck, and ultimately end up in the trash.

My dormant leather-jacket-search was awakened one Sunday before Christmas.

The middle school chorus was scheduled to perform that afternoon at the annual community Christmas concert. I popped in for a brief sound check on stage. During the break before the performance, I drove to our local Goodwill store to see if by some slim chance they had a leather jacket in my size.

The parking lot was full and the front doors automatically opened as I approached. I located the women’s racks, and casually flipped through many different, colorful jackets. There it was! I couldn’t believe my eyes! A hidden, black leather jacket in my size was hanging here, waiting just for me! The low price on the tag was sweet icing on the cake.

I exited the store with bag in hand and was overcome with the love God poured out on me. I praised Him there, in the middle of the parking lot. Finding my new-old jacket was a miracle. He gave me the desire and fulfilled it years later.

Our heavenly Father, like an earthly father, reveals Himself to each of us in different and unique ways. People tell me of experiences similar to mine, their own God Sightings. These stories are altar stones, reminders of His love and grace in our daily lives.

I will look for His blessings and praise Him today. I hope you will, too!

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