Thursday, August 16, 2012

Too Good To Be True?

I am a storyteller.

These were the words I woke up to this morning.

Storyteller (n)
sto-ry-tell-er
1.  a person who tells or writes stories.
2.  (informal) a liar.

Down here in Texas, the only thing we like better than chewing the fat is telling a story.  Much as I hate to own up to it... we also like nothing better than twistin' its tale just a tad to make it taller.

BUT...

some stories are impossible to improve on.

When I began blogging 4 years ago, I had no clue what an impact it would have on my life.  It never occurred to me doors would open and who would come strolling in to further enrich me.  I was only concerned with expanding my business name...not my circle of friends, but in all things...God knew better.  So many of y'all seeing my porch light on, came on in, found a seat, warmed my heart and became friends in the truest sense of the word.  Some for the moment when I needed lifting...some for more than just a season.

His very presence, the control He has over my life, the blessings He gives me daily...all of this I'm so thankful for.  His delight in knowing my heart's desires amazes me.  His timing is perfect.
I don't believe in coincidences.  Everything that happens...happens according to His plan...

PERIOD.

When I was kinda-sorta planning our junk-it this past week, I tried contacting one of the special people God had placed in my life 3 years ago.  She lives in the area we were going to be in and I wanted to see her...desperately!  I messaged her on FB, but never got a reply.  To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

I was crushed, believing she didn't have time for me.  Law...the pity party I threw for myself was epic!  Y'all shoulda been there...I it was quite the sight!
I love this girl like she was my own.  I can't put it any simpler than that.  I love her spirit, her voice, her sweet pretty face and her heart.  Not getting to see her was breaking my heart, but I had to accept it wasn't going to happen...not this trip.

I had made reservations at one of those humongous casinos in the Lake Charles area for Thursday night.  We're not high rollers by any stretch of the imagination, but the rooms are reasonable, restaurants numerous, and if one behaves and doesn't go all crazy gambling...fun.

(Now before y'all start raising your eyebrows at me for admitting to being at a casino, let me say...I can hide things from y'all, but never from Him.  God knows everywhere I go.  Fact is...He was even there with my most precious anniversary gift.)
As we sat at a floor-side table having supper, I casually looked up to see a cute guy and girl walking along the edge of the huge casino floor...her with her head down.  As she glanced up, my jaw 'bout hit the floor.  There was my crazy little Cajun...my Jodie walking towards me, close enough for me to reach out and touch.  At first she didn't see me, but when when she did...Oh Mylanta.  There I sat...pointing and crying.  There she ran...laughing and asking (actually hollering) why I hadn't let her know we were coming down.

Seems she wasn't spending any time on FB or the computer and hadn't in quite a while.  She hadn't read my message...her sister had talked them into coming that night for dinner...and she had no idea I'd be there.

Y'all tell me.

What were the odds of Cat Daddy and I...350 miles from home...being at that cafe..at that particular gigantic casino...at just that right moment...

AND...

what were the chances of Jodie and Thad walking past us at that same cafe...out of all the cafes at that particular gigantic casino...at just that right moment?

Yeah...that's what I think too.

He knew my heart's desire and He gave it to me...even as I sat there drinking tea in the middle of a casino.  He truly is everywhere...always!

Moral to this story?

In the game of life and love...even the bookies don't bet against God.

I am a storyteller.

Now y'all get to decide which I am...
the first...or second...definition.
But remember...there are just some things in life too perfect that can't be made up...even if I tried
I cannot improve on His perfection.


32 comments:

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Some moments...are just astonishing. Had an intense talk about fate and destiny this afternoon...he works in mysterious ways indeed...

Sheila said...

AMEN!!! His timing is always perfect...I loved your storytelling tale. Enjoy the rest of your week

Smiles,
Sheila

Cynthia Gamell said...

I love reading your stories! I have always loved the saying, "There are no coincidences, just God's timing."

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

I read once in one of Og Mandino's books that "There are NO coincidences" in Christ ... I say I do believe that to be true and just another "True" Story to prove it so !

Keep on telling your stories .. The ones you can't make up and the ones you do ,... They are both Gifts from above ...

Blessings ..Sara

Diane said...

WOW!!!! Amazing...God is great.

Olive Cooper said...

Yay how sweet is that? Glory be.

Cheryl said...

Yes, Amen!! Love all your stories....you do have a gift.
God does work in mysterious ways.
Keep on keepin on!
Cheryl

Theresa said...

What a great story! You are one of His favorites for sure! t.xoxoxoo

Alicia@ eco friendly homemkaing said...

Wow what an awesome story! You are so right the Lord will give us the desires of our heart!!

Debra Hall said...

Wonderful story .....you have such a gift with words my dear!! What blessings ;)) xo

Gracie's Cottage said...

I got the chills reading' that...right here in the middle I'd August!

Jan

Low Tide High Style said...

Tall tale or just the facts...either way it's a wonderful story...and that my friend is no exaggeration! So glad you all were able to catch up!

Kat

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Great store Deb.... so glad you got to visit with your friends!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Ellie said...

In our lives things happen that we cannot explain, but we know God is looking over His children. NO coincidences. He works in mysterious ways when we least expect it. What an inspiring post. Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

Wow is right!
That is just so cool!
Love it when we see the Lord's hand in our everyday.Love you for making the everyday so wonderful!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Donna

Pam @ Frippery said...

Yes God is in the details, every tiny detail. Oh Debbie, now I am crying as I head out the door. What a wonderful story and yes you're are a storyteller in the best sense of the word. I too have been trying to reach Jodie and had the same little pity party. I needed some good old Cajun laughing time. How wonderful that you got a extra special anniversary party. You deserve it!
BTW did ya win?
LYttH, Pammie

Debra @ Common Ground said...

OK, you know me, and that's just off the chart, even in my book!!! God is so cool!! you couldn't have put it together any better yourself.
Now I'm wanting to make sure you're wearing your "OFF" down there and staying away from the skeeters! xo

holli said...

GOD is so good! I loved reading this story. I love it when these small miracles occur happen to us. They're such gifts from HIM!
Now,I saw the Snuffer's menu in the first pic which is my fave place to eat. Next time you come to DFW area, give me a shout!

Bliss said...

I don't believe in coincidences either, it's all in the plan. But it is still freaky when something in "the plan" happens that makes 'ya say "what are the odds?".

~Bliss~

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Such a WOW post. God's timing is perfect, yes amen.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Debbie, thank you for this post. I miss Jodie here in blogland and am so glad to know she is well.
You are a lucky girl (and a great storyteller)!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Amazing!!!!! that's all I can say, God is just amazing.

Stephanie said...

Awesome post - how FUN for you and Jodie - love it!

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Oh how I love that story!It should be in Guidepost mag(one of my favs.) Seriously, I would submit it in a heartbeat if i were you! Can't you just picture God sitting back smiling watching you two? How awesome! Oh how I would love to just run into you one day. Gonna start prayin about it right now!
Hugs,
Beth

Red Shed French Antiques and Travel said...

He's always there, concerned with our smallest and largest wants and needs. SO glad you He showed you he is watching over you every day. Lots of Love,
Valarie

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

What a beautiful story!
You know, I'm probably one of your biggest fans when it comes to "storytelling" of any kind, Deb. You simply have that amazing "gift"... that God bestowed upon you. Blogging has certianly brought this talent to light, and I would bet anything, this is not where it will end.
It is one thing to "have a way with words" and it's another to CAPTIVATE an audience with such emotion, such love...
You are one special lady... and I'm honored to include you as one of the people I talked about in my recent post. Thank YOU.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
~Lisa XO

LuLu Kellogg said...

This is such a wonderful story and it made me have a happy!!!

Love you to bits and bit and bits and bits!!!

La LuLu~*xoxo

red.neck chic said...

oh GOOD GOD.

I have tears rolling down my face. What an AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME story.

"But for the Grace of God go I..."

xoxoxo
robelyn

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Fate!!! It was just meant to be! I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to see that reunion! Jodie is definitely a sweetheart...and so are you :)

Lou Cinda

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

*Just hearing your voice on the phone today makes me even MORE lonesome (if that is possible)!!!
**Coming here to blogland again in almost 9 months is overwhelming...geez I miss it.
(sniff sniff)

I miss you. I miss everyone! Ya'll are all family to me...it IS amazing WHO and WHAT God brings to us and for whatever reason, I will NEVER question it but enjoy the ride wherever it takes me...(even to the casinos!)

You are my sunshine, my inspiration, my muse, my angel...
I. love. you.

Bohemian said...

Oh what a Great Testimony this is, it made me Smile and get Happy for you all! I Love Divine Appointments like this!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Rebecca said...

Love this story...
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