God Winks: My Hope Vine

Have you ever had moments in your life that seemed so bizarre, that you wondered if God were sending you a personal message? I am told that this is a "God Wink."  So what do we do with that? In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. ~Proverbs 3:6  That is the key.

Before I share with you though, keep in mind a couple of words of caution to make sure any message is truly from Yahweh, by dream, word of knowledge from a friend, etc. First of all, scripture is the ultimate authority. God will never confirm an activity or decision that goes against what His Word says about how to live life. Second, take it for what it is, He is telling you that He knows your situation, what you are going through, to trust Him and to lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) If you are making a serious decision about something, two or three witnesses (at least two being scriptural) is good Biblical advice.

I have a purple Clematis vine that I noticed some leaves coming out of the other day. I am always so amazed at its resilience to come back each Spring after I am just sure it did not survive the Winter. It is such a delicate looking plant, but I have made sure to have one in my garden even since I have moved.

In 2015, just after my late husband went to be with the Lord, I spent a good bit of quiet time working in my flower garden. The Clematis may have been a funeral gift, I cannot remember, but I bought a special trellis for it and decided to plant it in front of my heating/air unit to make the entrance to my porch a little more inviting. I was so looking forward to watching it grow and bloom.

Not long after that, I had to have some work done on my heating/air unit and the trellis was in the way......, you know where this is going, mud, big man work boots and all. My poor little plant was crushed and mushed and I was still crushed and mushed in mourning. The work man was already gone by the time I realized what had happened. It really was not his fault. He was doing his job.

So I gave up on that plant for awhile and focused on some others, but I didn't disturb the little mess. A few weeks later, I went out to water, and really, "lo and behold," in my remembering mind I think the clouds literally may have parted and angels began to sing, a tiny green leaf. I thought to myself, "NO WAY," it must be some other kind of plant, but I nurtured it anyway. Well, you see the photo. I still call it my hope vine and yes, also a recurring God wink each year. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18


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