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Delight Me!

My husband and I were on our way down to the beach  in Crescent City. On a whim I asked, “Abba, would you delight me today?” It seemed like a very audacious request from the God who has given me so much already – but there it was.

I was not prepared for how He would answer my request.

We love this beach. It’s the best place ever for finding seashells…and not just clams or mussels. My favorites are the tiny little ones – only 1/4″ or so in length. I settled myself at the edge of the driftwood and began to collect them.

Soon a woman came along. I like to share my finds and show others where the best spots are, so I stood up and approached her. We soon began talking about what we do, and discovered that we were both authors. More conversation revealed that we were both followers of Jesus, which begged the question, “Where do you  fellowship?” When I mentioned my home church, she asked if I knew her brother – an elder there. Of course I did.

Putting two and two together, I discovered that I not only knew her brother, but that her sister had been the photographer at our wedding. Further, this woman and I had been in band together in high school back in the 70s.

We had a great time talking, and made plans to have dinner together that evening.

Wow! That was so cool, Lord, I thought to myself. I was certainly delighted with this chance meeting.

But there was more to come.

Sitting back on the beach, I talked with Jesus and thanked Him for the many songs He’d given me over the years. I decided to give Him a little concert – sing them back to Him while I continued to gather my little treasures. Soon the sound of music, backed by sea gulls and pounding waves, filled the air.

Two women sat off at a distance, also collecting shells. Bit by bit they moved closer – until they were almost on top of me. Having filled my little jar, I stood to locate my husband so I could join him. When I did, the younger of the two said, “I’m sorry if we’re invading your space. I heard Jesus in your songs, and wanted to hear them better.”

“Gee, thanks for the complement! No problem. I wasn’t leaving because of you. I’ve gathered all I want, and was going to go find my hubby,” I replied.

We began to talk, and soon discovered that we were from the same town, and also sisters in Christ. Twice in one day – that’s awesome!

Double delight, I thought with a smile.

As we were talking, I looked at the ground by my feet and spotted a most unusual barnacle. It looked like it had been formed around a golf ball – and then the ball extracted from the center of the cluster.

Share it with her, I heard in my head, so I reached out to show her my find.

I dropped it into her open palm. Her reaction was completely unexpected. She looked at it, then with her hand quaking, she moved it back to me – then toward herself – then back toward me again.

What on earth? I thought.

After a few minutes, she quietly said, “This means something.

“You see, earlier this year my brother was fishing with two friends over by the lighthouse. A sneaker wave swept all three of them off the rocks. It took them 45 minutes to recover my brother’s body because it was caught on the barnacles underwater. I think God is letting me know that he is okay – there with him. Thank you so much for this gift.”

Triple delight!

The request to be delighted by the Lord rarely goes unfulfilled. I never know what to expect. There are many more stories like this one to tell.

Try it sometime!!

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

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10 responses

  1. Sorry to hear about your brother/// May the comfort of the Lord be strong around you.

    August 30, 2013 at 7:11 am

    • It wasn’t my brother, but the woman to whom I gave the barnacle.

      On the other hand, my brother in law passed in May, my father in law just a couple of weeks ago, the man who gave me the guitar won’t be with us too many more days, and I’ve been called to provide hospice care for a sweet elderly woman that I greatly admired as a youth.

      I’d like to move out of the Valley of the Shadow – and stay out – sometime soon!


      August 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

  2. A beautiful and amazing story, thank you for sharing it with us.

    August 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    • It was my pleasure. Give it a try sometime. You never know what He’s going to bring your way!


      August 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      • If you go to my archives at and search for “In A Time Of Mercy” you’ll see how I feel about that. Thank you again for your post.

        August 31, 2013 at 4:49 am

        • What a beautiful poem. We have so much more than we deserve. To ask for more seems greedy…and yet our Father delights to “treat” us. Jesus invited us to come boldly before the throne. I do…like a destitute person in a Soup Kitchen line with my empty little tray. He always heaps it to overflowing. I love His mercy and grace!

          Thanks for pointing me to your poem. 🙂


          August 31, 2013 at 5:13 am

  3. Anonymous

    Terribly sorry about your recent losses… there seems to be a continuous state of compensation by the Lord. We are expected to react in faith and thus, you’ve done sweet sister ~ God strengthen you throughout your work in His kingdom. Faithfully ~Debbie xo

    August 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    • The losses just keep coming. The lady I care for in the mornings began staring up at the corner yesterday. I sense she won’t be with us for too many more days. It would be a mercy for her to move to heaven. Everything about her life right now is such a struggle. I’ll miss her, but be happy when her “mortality is swallowed up by life.” What words of hope those are. I’m going to give Paul a big kiss on the cheek when I see him for writing that down!


      August 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  4. Thank you very much for sharing your testimony; it warmed my heart!

    September 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    • When I think about the woman and the barnacle, and how God used us to comfort her…mmm! That warms my heart, too!


      September 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm