Friday, June 08, 2007

Friday Show and Tell!

It's time once again for Friday Show and Tell over at!

Today my show and tell is mostly a story and a message of how God works in wonderous though sometimes mysterious ways.
When I was growing up I spent a lot of time with my great aunt and uncle. Their names were Clara and Roy Morgan. They didn't marry until late in life and never had children. Because I always lived within about 2 miles of their home, I visited them alot. I would ride my bike down and spend the week-end or call uncle Roy and we would come and get me even if it was midnight when I called! They were like my grandparents and I loved them dearly.

In 1982, I did a cross-stich of their monogram. A large "M" with some flowers around it. My husband made a serving tray and framed the cross stitch in glass for the bottom. I gave this to Roy and Clara for Christmas. Aunt Clara set it up on her counter and it stayed there until they had to go into a nursing facility when they were unable to care for themselves.

The house remained empty until Aunt Clara died in 1998. Uncle Roy followed her closedly in 1999. Then one of my Uncles purchased the house and all the contents that were not listed in the will were either thrown away or given away nilly-willy. When they were cleaning the house out I asked my Uncle for the tray and he said he had no idea where it was, probably thrown away.

Fast forward 8 years. Last week-end on our way to Lynchburg, we passed a yard sale at a church. I said "let's stop here and look around". DH said there probably isn't much here it's so late in the day" but he stopped anyway. He was right there wasn't much there. But then I heard him say. "Linda, you need to come over here". In his hands he held the tray that I had made for Aunt Clara and Uncle Roy. I stood there with my mouth open looking like an idiot! I couldn't believe what I was seeing! The lady who was running the sale came over and I asked how much for the tray she said $2.00. I just started bawling crying, and she thought it was over the price and said "You can have it for $1.00". I told her the story of the tray and she couldn't believe it either. She said just take the tray, it belongs to you. So as I left, we made a donation to the church.
25 years later, the tray is mine.

As strange as that story may seem, it didn't end there. Later that evening I called my sister to see if she had found anywhere to move, (her lease is up and they are selling the house) and to tell her about the tray. When she answer she said "I was just getting ready to call you, I have great news". I told her wait, I wanted to tell her my news first. So I told her about finding the tray. There was dead silence on the other end. She starts crying as says you will never believe where I am moving. Our Uncle had just called her to tell her that he was going to rent out Aunt Clara's house and would she want to move there.

Aunt Clara is still watching out for us along with our Heavenly Father.

I hope everyone has a blessed day and a wonderful week-end.



Kim said...

I love this story!!! I love the fact that we could never plan the same way God plans!!! His ways are not our ways and His thought are not our thought, but He does always work things out for our good.

charish said...

Amazing the way god works isn't it.

Lori B said...

That is a neat story. Wow!
Amazing how God works and that you found that tray again. How wonderful is that.

Mrs. U said...

I LOVE THIS STORY!!! How sweet of the Lord to take you to just the right location to find this!! And think of all the wonderful memories you'll get to relive when your sister is in your aunt's home!!!

Thank you SO much for sharing this!

Mrs. U (wiping her eyes)

ellen b. said...

That is one of the best stories I have ever heard. What a sweet affirmation of God's love for you and your sister! thanks so much for sharing. (eyes wet, praising God)
ellen b

Marci said...

I cried just hearing your story. Isn't God good??? I am thrilled that you found the tray and that the house will still be in the family.

Barbara H. said...

That is such an amazing story! Isn't it so neat how God cares for these details in our lives?

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Sharon said...

Linda, you have made me cry! Isn't God good?!!!

What else can I say?

Have a blessed weekend dear friend!

Kelli said...

Linda, this story gave me the goosebumps! What a wonderful blessing from God, just amazing!!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Boy this story gives me goosebumps!
Another example of our Great and Wonderful God who gives us "above and beyond what we can hope or ask for". I can only imagine how happy and excited you are. It is beautiful and lovely!!! Then to add the story of your sister the same day----WOW - GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

Mrs.B. said...

Wow!! I got chills reading that. What an amazing story about God's grace to us. I'm so glad you shared this. (o:


Tracy said...

Wow! What a wonderful story, Linda. God is so good!

Becky said...

Oh, my! What a precious story. God is so good!

Morning Glory said...

Oh my word! This brought tears to my eyes. Amazing!!

Mrs. C said...

That's one of the neatest stories I've ever heard! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Doberlady said...

WOW that story is amazing!! Talk about meant to be!

Lana said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! This is so Guide Posts! Fabulous story. Blessings on you and your sister! Great Show and TELL!

Lana G!

Cheryl said...

What an amazing turn of events~ You are very fortunate to have found your tray once again. I think.... you should type that story up and adhere it to the back of the tray. Sometimes I see items at second hand stores... and you just know at one time there was a loving story behind it and there it is sitting with a bunch of junk begging to be loved once again. I'm glad your tray is back where it belongs~

HsKubes said...

What an amazing story. The Lord is SO Good! What a precious thing and memory that you will treasure always. And what a tremendous blessing your sister was offered their home! wow! Isn't He Wonderful?

~ Christina

Karen said...

ooohhh, I have goose bumps, and tears in my eyes. God is so awesome!!!!!

Jodi said...

((Linda)), that is such a beautiful story; you brought tears to my eyes!
Isn't God amazing!

CaraqueƱa said...

What an amazing story!

Susie said...

What an amazingly heartwarming story. I can only imagine your surprise and delight in finding that precious keepsake in such an unlikey place!
Great post!

Myrna said...

That is an absolutely amazing story! I understand somewhat the feeling you and your sister must have for that wonderful aunt and uncle. My sister and I also had a beloved aunt and uncle who helped to raise us. It enjoy so much having some items that belonged to her==so precious.

That the two events happened in the same dayjust makes the story more amazing. God is good!

And--BTW--the tray and your handiwork are beautiful. It should have sold in the church sale--God was saving it for you!

Lyndy said...

What a lovely story. Just amazing.

Thanks for sharing and have a blessed Sunday.


Jenn4Him said...

Beautiful story!