I woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about what our life will be like in just a few weeks with our baby girl. I was thinking about how I’ll be waking up every few hours to take care of her.
It suddenly occurred to me that I needed a rocking chair for our bedroom. I already found a glider for the nursery upstairs, but since I’m planning on keeping our little girl in our bedroom for a while, I will need something to rock her in downstairs.
I realized I must have woken Grant up when I saw him sit up and check the clock.
“Grant, I think we need a rocker for our room,” I whispered.
He mumbled something about how he could bring the glider from the nursery upstairs down into our bedroom.
“Oh, okay, good idea.” I hadn’t thought of that.
We both went back to sleep.
Later that morning I was talking on the phone with my mom as she was downtown running errands. I told her about my rocking chair idea and Grant’s suggestion to move the glider downstairs for a while.
“You know,” she said, “You ought to check Craigslist and see if there is anything on there that would work for your bedroom, that way you have a chair upstairs and downstairs.“
I got off the phone and typed in “rocking chair” into the local Craigslist search engine.
A beautiful and comfortable looking antique rocker popped up. It was located in downtown Beaufort and was super affordable. I called my mom and she offered to stop by and take a look at it since she was downtown anyway.
A few minutes later I got a call back from her, “GraceAnna, it’s gorgeous and so comfortable. You will absolutely love it and it goes with your house so well. The pictures online didn’t do it justice.”
Before I knew it, my mom had brought the rocker over to the house and we put it in the bedroom.
I sat in it and marveled. I couldn’t believe that just a few hours after thinking about needing a rocker, I had a beautiful one exactly where I had desired to have one.
I sat and marveled because God is just so good sometimes. I marveled because He provides the little things. I marveled because He heard me whisper in the dark last night.
As I rocked, I thought about God’s abundant blessings in my life. I thought about a whole list of prayers that He’s answered above and beyond what I asked or hoped.
I thought specifically about my wedding day.
The weather on the day that Grant and I got married was beautiful.
But, there was a short time at our reception, where the sky clouded over and it rained. It wasn’t a hard rain, but it was enough of a rain where guests crowded under the branches of the live oaks and under the white tents to keep from getting wet.
Rain is never what any bride wants. I had prayed so hard for no rain.
But just as soon as the rain started, it stopped. I then noticed that guests were staring out at the marsh.
I looked out over the water, and to my delight and amazement, there was the most beautiful rainbow.
Grant and I walked down on the dock to look at it.
I held my brand new husband’s hand. I had prayed for him. I had waited for him. I had kept myself pure for him. And God had brought me him.
GOD, God had brought me this man. And now, I felt like God was showing His presence at our wedding.
I thought the day couldn’t get any better. But then, as I gazed at the rainbow, I saw something else. Another faint rainbow. And I realized that it was a double rainbow. I’d never seen a double rainbow in my entire life.
Our God is an amazing God.
So, as I sat and rocked this afternoon in my new (old) rocker. I thanked God. I thanked Him for providing good things.
I thanked Him for not just providing rainbows, but double ones.
“O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” – Is. 25:1