Saturday, October 18, 2014

He Listens.....


Dearest Readers,

I found this little drawing from my childhood.  I must have drawn this same scene 1000 times or more.  I think that this one was probably from my Jr. High years, as it was amongst those papers when I came across it.  It is nothing special from an artistic standpoint, but it is ever so special from a spiritual standpoint....

You see, I had a rather difficult childhood, sometimes full of ugliness and uncertainty, sometimes sprinkled with happy days and bits of sunshine.  But I had hope....hope that one day I would live on a farm, a happy farm, with a husband....a kind and loving husband, children...wonderful children, and chickens...don't forget the chickens.  I don't know why, as we were not very religious, but I had a deep sense about prayer, about a loving God and his desire to listen to our hearts.

Years passed, and I drew this scene again and again, keeping it on my young heart.....

Times changed and we left the unhappiness behind and came home to our beloved Colorado.  I was asleep in our old station wagon as we entered Boulder, the beautiful Flatirons marking the entrance, when my sweet Grandmother (who had helped us with the move) hollered towards the backseat and said, "Wake-up...we are home!"  I remember thinking how blessed we were to have those strong mountains, just like hands, keeping us safe forever and ever.

I still kept drawing my little homestead....over and over...adding little bits and bobs after I watched my favorite show..."Little House on the Prairie".  I just knew He was listening....

Then years later, my Beloved and I, and our wonderful children were given the chance to live on a little homestead tucked against the foothills! We have an old farmouse, an outhouse (just like in the picture) a garden, a clothesline, chickens (of course) and lots of happiness.  Just like in my little picture....sigh....grateful, grateful to my loving God.

So if you are reading this and there is something dear to your heart, pray about it, draw it, breathe it, ASK HIM....He is listening....have hope.  Have Faith.....

Kindredly,
Shan


8 comments:

Simple Pleasure said...

Dearest Shan,
Today's posting has touched my soul...thank you!
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Anonymous said...

I had a dream like yours but it's never been fulfilled. I am 53 now with chronic health issues instead of my little home with a small garden and orchard...and chickens. I do have a loving husband and 5 children but the deep prayers and dreams of my heart God has not answered. Instead He sent illness, financial ruin and broken relationships. You are lucky to have been blessed. He does not shine down His love and favor on all of His children.
anon

Shan said...

To the dear lady that left a message anonymously...

I am so sorry to hear about your situation...truly. I know it must feel as if He has abandoned you and your family, but do not be discouraged.

I will pray for you and your family. I hope you can feel the love from my heart to yours.

Kindredly,
Shan

Shan said...

Dearest Patricia,

Thank you for your kind comment! It was just on my heart to share this story, hoping it would be a blessing to others.

Kindredly,
Shan

Judy said...

This is so beautiful - that He knows our deepest longings, and that sometimes He grants those things.

And when He doesn't... our dreams remain a picture of the hope of heaven when we arrive at our truest home and all is made right - all the lovely dreams multiplied beyond our imagining.

Kim said...

Dear Sister;
This was such a beautiful post...reading it made me realize that you were always our "little mama". You've always tried to make a home where there was nothing, heal hearts where there was sorrow, and give love to show us how HE wanted us to live. I am not only grateful that I have found God's Love, but that I have always had yours---even when I didn't deserve it. I love you. Your Little Sis...

Gayle said...

Anonymous, God's timing is everything. Think of Abraham and how long he waited for a child.Sometimes our dreams take a lifetime to happen, other times things happen that we didn't even know we were hoping for.Faith is key.Even when we walk through the fire, we have to have faith.Most people would be happy enough with the loving husband and 5 children you were blessedwith. Always flip it and know that you are living someone else's dream. God bless you, and prayers for you.

Homesteading In Oregon said...

This is precious and beautiful.
Blessings.