Monday, April 15, 2013

My Dazzling & Never Ending Talents

I have copious talents. 

They are dazzling & never ending. 

99% of my talents aren't worth mentioning OR aren't appreciated by the masses or by my family or by my husband or by, well ........ anyone.

For example, most people don't consider sarcasm a talent............ it is quite underappreciated.  It is the bald eagle of "talents"...... elusive, endangered, & doesn't taste like chicken.

But yesterday, one of my lesser known talents came to a bright, shining light! 

A beacon...... if you will.

As we were getting ready for church, I was rushing around shaving my gams, curling my blonde locks, & making sure my child's pearly whites were shining.  And in all the hustle & bustle and frazzle & dazzle, I totally ran out of time to paint my fingernails.

{insert "gasp" here}

For the normal person, this is hardly a concern, but with the unhealthy level of love I've developed for nail polish, this was a huge concern for me.  For you see, I had a NEW polish to wear.  OPI's Strawberry Margarita.  And nothing was going to stand between me & my painted digits.  Not even a drive to church.  And this is where I discovered my unsung talent........ I am stinkin' good at painting fingernails while riding in a car......... base coat, 2 coats of color, & a top coat.  Holla!  And I didn't even paint "outside the lines" or make a smudge!!

So by now you've probably guessed correctly that one of my talents is NOT being meek & humble.  Unfortunately!

I do, however, have the wonderful opportunity to know & love & go to church with some people who are meek & humble & giving & gracious.  Yesterday during our Bible study time, a need was brought to the attention of the class members.  A lady in our community had suffered an unfortunate series of events including, most recently, the loss of her job, her income, her source of provision.  She was only days away from having her electricity cut off......... a basket was passed around for donation to any who could help her meet this need.  By the time that basket passed into my little strawberry pink fingers, it was already filled with several bills of different denominations........ a quick glance into that round, brown basket, & my heart leapt!  There was a lot of green in that basket of kindness.

All in all, I think only a hand full of $10s would've closed the gap entirely.

What a blessing, what an honor, what a joy it is to see the Lord working in the hearts of those around me.  To see them living out what they say they believe......... and to see them doing it quietly, lovingly, & without hesitation for the benefit of a woman they didn't even know.

Echoing through my head & my heart are these words I heard from a sermon recently.

"What good will you do for God today?"

ps - The bald eagle is technically no longer on the endangered species list.  This happens when millions (likely billions) of dollars were spent in conservation efforts. #firstworldeagles

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