My husband is from northwest Arkansas and from the beginning I’ve loved the natural beauty of the Ozarks with its rolling hills, clear streams, rocky bluffs, and hardwood forests. Every time we visited I asked my him if we could move there, but I guess the time just wasn’t right.
Soon after our son was born, Scott’s parents bought a farm in southwest Missouri, and on our ensuing visit they took us to see it.
One of my favorite photos is from that visit and is of our then nine-month-old son, Hayden, in the chilly spring water of Mike’s Creek during a family cookout. As part of our introduction to the area, Scott’s parents gave us a tour. I remember driving past a house that set out on a knoll at the end of a long, mysterious driveway. Partially obscured by humongous oak and walnut trees, it looked like something from a fairy tale, and I thought it looked like a nice place to live.
Fast forward about twelve years. Our circumstances had changed and we were considering moving to the “middle of nowhere” in southwest Missouri, onto that farm Scott’s parents had purchased years earlier. I was excited about the idea, but it would also be a big change so I wanted God’s blessing. I prayed and asked Him to give me a sign. In debating what that sign should be, I settled on asking for a blue bird of any kind. At the time we lived on the Texas coast, and we really didn’t have many blue birds, at least not like up in the Ozarks. I was trying to think of something that would stand out to me as something special.
Around that time Scott’s parents bought another farm in the same area as the first and Scott was anxious to see it so we made a spontaneous trip up north. The whole family was walking around, checking everything out on the new property. There was a huge horse barn and the doors at both ends were open, so alone I walked all the way through to the other end and stood in the doorway looking at the edge of the woods. There was a bunch of chattering in the trees, and all of a sudden I realized that they were filled with blue jays. I didn’t remember ever seeing that many blue jays together before. I really felt like it was God answering my request for the sign of a blue bird, and with an exclamation point! It made me happy to feel like God had given us His blessing. Not only that, but through a turn of events, the house that I had admired on our first visit became our new home. I had not asked for it, it was like a surprise gift.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! -Matthew 7:11
Have you ever asked for a sign? What good gifts are you thankful for today? If there’s something you’d like to share, I’d love to read about it!