Many daughters-in-law might dread an extended stay with her in-laws, but I don’t. My husband’s parents are two of the most gracious people I know. They are chock-full of surprising kindnesses simply because it’s the way they roll.
We were all enjoying a dinner out a couple nights ago, when Mom and Dad Angles decided to order a little dessert. Mom Angles got the pie and Dad Angles the ice cream. When their dishes arrived, my father-in-law immediately scooped a heap of ice cream from his bowl and offered it to his bride.
“I bet you would like some of this for your pie,” he said with a twinkle.
She smiled back at him. Just for just a moment I saw her as a twenty-something sweetheart being courted by her suitor. With just a bit of ice cream, my father-in-law lavished a little kindness on his wife for the sheer enjoyment of watching her reaction.
He reminds me of Someone else I know.
I was scrolling through iPhone pictures today and noticed seven different sunrise/sunset snapshots I’ve taken over the past few weeks. I remember smiling while taking each one. Watching a beautiful sunrise feels like being lavished with kindness from my heavenly Father…and I smile back. God doesn’t have to make the sun rise in such a lovely fashion; I’m sure the sun could perform its warming function without all the artistry. But I have a theory…I think He delights in designing a painted sky for the sheer enjoyment of watching His children take it all in.
Love does stuff like that–just because.
Here’s a few of God’s “just because” moments to me over the past few weeks…
Florissant, Colorado (Pikes Peak in the background)
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65:8)
Cape Coral, Florida
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3)
Normandy, Tennessee (Normandy Lake)
The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth” . (2 Samuel 23:3-4)
Tampa Bay, Florida
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalm 139:9-10)
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Paducah, Kentucky (Ohio River)
Observing the love between my in-laws and the beauty of God’s handiwork makes me wonder who might enjoy a “just because I love you” moment from me today.