A Basketful of Promises

The doorbell rang at our fairly new home.

My mom and we four little girls scurried to see who it could be. Nobody? Nobody was there. Instead we were greeted by an adorable tray of pretty purple pansies floating in little potpie-size tins.

“Look!” my mom sang. “May Day gifts for each of you girls! I wonder who they’re from?”

My memory may not be exact on this event. After all, I was only four or five years old. And it’s an experience never since repeated. Nevertheless, this one sweet moment solidified my belief that May holds a basketful of promises.

Weather warming. Colors blooming. Bare feet running through soft grass.

Mothers to honor. School days to end. Vacations to soon whisk us away.

May 1 Happy May Day!

I’ve said before that most of my writing focuses on hard stuff because I want you to feel welcomed in the midst of your own stormy weather. I want you to not feel like someone is just glossing over your pain—making light of the heavy weight you carry.

But sometimes

… we need to climb aboard the hot-air balloon that will lift us above the storms and carry us into the sunshine. Okay, so hot-air balloons don’t operate in the stormy weather, but let’s pretend they do. I suppose I could use an airplane as an example. But no, I want us to feel the sun warm our skin, smell the fresh air blow through our hair, hear the birds sing, and see the panoramic picture of all God’s really up to.

And let’s add a little taste to the scenario (got to use all five senses, you know). How about your favorite onboard snack? Hot cocoa and muffins? Coffee and chocolate? Wine and cheese? Or maybe it’s the wine and bread we need to savor. You know, that “every time you partake” reminder that all Christ did for us still meets us where we are today.

May is a good month to slow down,

… sit still, breathe deep, and savor God’s promises.

For I know the plans that I have for you … to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11, NASB

God causes all things work together for good …
Romans 8:28, NASB

I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5, NKJV

In all these things we are more than conquerors.
Romans 8:37, NKJV

Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:39

I can do all things through Christ.
Philippians 4:13, NKJV

In due time we shall reap …
Galatians 6:9, NASB

[May 1 What promises are sitting at your door today-

… right at your feet, peeking at you in vibrant colors?

Maybe today is a good day to open your door and take a fresh look. I’d love to enjoy their beauty with you. Would you mind sharing with me in the comment section below?