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A Lesson from My Sunburn (& it’s not what you think)…

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For us, Memorial Day is not only a day of remembrance it’s also the day we plant the garden. This past Memorial Day it was hot and sunny. I knew that we had a lot of garden clean-up to do and with it being hot and muggy I chose to wear a comfy tank top and a pair of shorts. Several beds needed to be weeded before we could plant. We all had been down with Summer colds so we were tired but knew there was work to be done. So, slowly but surely we weeded bed after bed.

2022 Garden Planting

One of the last beds I weeded had tomatoes and sunflowers last year. The tomatoes didn’t do too well and many of them fell off the vine and began to rot. Last Fall when we cleaned up the garden I did the best I could but left a LOT of seeds. Rotten mushy tomatoes are not easy to grip. As I began weeding I noticed that there were several volunteer tomato plants! 🤓I began to save as many as I could considering that our greenhouse starts didn’t do too well.

By the end of the day, most of the garden was planted and we were all thankful for a shower and a dinner of cold cereal.

Being very fair-skinned and with a hint of red hair, I don’t tan, I BURN. We’re talking fire engine red, tender for days, and ends up peeling sunburn. This was one of the worst sunburns I’d gotten in years. By the middle of the week, I was taking Tylenol and moisturizing my shoulders twice a day with a mix of aloe and Ecucerin lotion.

One night before bed I realized that I left my lotion on Mom’s dresser and went down to get it. Dad was in the kitchen and hearing me come down the stairs said, “Your lotion is on the desk”.
“How’d you know that’s why I came down?”, I replied surprised.
“I didn’t. I’m just telling you that I moved it to the desk”.

Unbeknownst to me, Mom had noticed that I left the lotion on the dresser and mentioned it to Dad who moved it to the desk.

“For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
~Matthew 6:8

To be honest, the conversation was over in less than thirty seconds. But as I grabbed the lotion and headed up to bed I was reminded that God knows what we need before we ask Him. Mom knew that I’d need the lotion in the morning, Dad grabbed it and was going to give it to me but I’d already gone up to bed. When I came downstairs he didn’t even know why…

But God…He’s deliberate, intentional. He knows. He knows our story better than we do. After all He IS the Author. He knows what we need before we do. And He has promised to provide it (Philippians 4:19). It may not be how we expect, or on our time table, but He will provide it. Often, especially lately, a lot of what God is showing hasn’t been making sense. Or rather, I’m sick of hearing the same thing over and over for years. But maybe, that was just the reminder that I needed…

Until next time,
Bailey Sue

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