Since Buddy and I got married back in 2003, we have had several major decisions that we had to make.
Moving away from the town we called home to a town where we knew no one, but the job opportunity seemed like the right thing.
Buying our first home.
Deciding to start a family.
Deciding to try for a second child.
New job opportunities for Buddy.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.....that a decision had to be made, we prayed and prayed and talked and prayed some more. Because every single one of these decisions was life-altering in many ways. Above all, we wanted to make sure we were making a decision based on God's will for our life, and not a split-second, after thought.
I have always had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been able to find them, and fairly easily too. When I was a little girl, I just thought I was lucky...that's what 4-leaf clovers are all about.
Now that I'm older, it's still pretty easy for me to find them, but I don't view myself as lucky anymore. Now I see them as a sign that God is going to answer my prayer.
When we made the decision to move from SC, Buddy and I had been walking through the yard of our apartment complex. We were talking about the job opportunity and how it had been brought his way by a friend who "out of the blue" called us after months without seeing him. We stopped and prayed that God would help us make the right choice. My head was bowed and when Buddy finished his prayer, I opened my eyes and the first thing I saw was a four leaf clover! I still have it, pressed and in one of my Bibles.
We prayed about the decision to purchase a home, and later I took our dog Tillman for a walk. While I was outside I found a four leaf clover.
And on and on and on.
Sometimes we prayed about decisions and found four leaf clovers and God's answer was YES.
Sometimes we prayed about decisions and found four leaf clovers and God's answer was NO.
Sometimes we prayed about decisions and found four leaf clovers and God's answer was JUST WAIT.
I found this one today. It's been a rough week at work as we found out there will be two teachers who will have to leave my school due to low numbers. On my drive home today, I was thinking about this and praying about my job. I love my school and the sweet children I get to work with every day. This job was another answer to prayer when we first moved to NC. I know that God will provide a new school for me to love, if that is the case, but I know He knows how much this school and these kids mean to me. When I got out of the car to pick up Jacob, I just happened to look down and saw the clover. I paused by my car to thank God for hearing my prayer and making a way for me. I don't know the outcome yet, but He does!
I no longer see four leaf clovers as a sign of Good Luck.
I no longer consider myself "lucky" when I find one.
When I find a four leaf clover, I see it as a tangible sign of God's work in my life.
I'm not LUCKY....I am BLESSED!