God Left Me A Receipt

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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Psalm 66:16 – Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. (NLT)

It was a sunny morning in early July when my husband, who hadn't been sick, suddenly dropped dead in the middle of a golf game. He was surrounded by friends, and it was his turn to hit, when he fell out of the cart on the third hole, already in heaven before his body reached the ground.

I had kissed him goodbye for the last time. He had been my Sunday School teacher when I was a teenager, he only a few years older. He was the best listener that I ever knew, both to me and to everyone whom he met. He taught me how to listen to our God.

How was I to go on without him? For a while, I didn't see any answer. Going over everything again after the memorial service, I suddenly realized that God had given me what seemed like a "receipt" by selecting the third hole of that particular golf course for it to happen. My husband could have died anywhere, even in traffic. But he had told me many times about wanting his ashes scattered on that hole. Only God and I knew about that. It was a single detail that made all the difference. God chose that way to let me know that He was in it, that He knew all about it.

Such assurances are not always as direct, of course. I believe that spiritual insight comes when we pray.

  • First praying.
  • Then listening.
  • Finally, seeing.

Sometimes, the insight unfolds slowly over time, but they say that patience always hitches a ride with understanding.

Psalm 66:5 – Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! (NLT)

Prayer: Dear kind heavenly Father, thank You for allowing us to see Your hand in our lives, the everlasting arms beneath us, and Your promises coming true over and over as we grow and learn on this pilgrim journey. Thank You for the ability to express our gratitude, and even joy, in the midst of loss and sorrow. Amen.

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Rose DeShaw <rise370@gmail.com>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging word, Rose.

    Thanks for a good word today Rose and keep writing.

    Loved your devotion this morning! How special! God is so good! Thanks for sharing.

    I, too, lost my husband, but he was ill and we knew it was coming. I pray for family and friends to bring you comfort as you rest in the Lord. This is a great insight that you had.

    Thanks Rose … a great story of faith … blessings on your journey, knowing you will see your husband again.

    Lovely devotional today Rose. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Blessings on your day!

    That must be very comforting for you, Rose. There’s no such thing as coincidence when we believe that God is in control.

    Thank you, Rose, for being willing to be God’s messenger for today!
    My younger brother, an avid golfer in past years, is terminally ill. I need to hear this today and he will love it!

    Hi Rose
    I’m glad to see that you have shared your husband’s story with us. Many readers, including myself, need to hear that God indeed answered your husband’s prayer. Thank you again.

    Dear Rose,
    You have so much to share and thanks be to God that we readers are able to profit from it. Wow! “Patience always hitches a ride with understanding.” I had never heard that and yet how true it is.

    Rose, I’m so sorry for your loss, but rejoice with you over your dear husband’s homegoing into heaven, especially when God arranged circumstances so that you found in it a meaningful message from our heavenly Father. Praying for you. Blessings.

    My sincere condolences to you, Rose. Words can seem rather empty, but it sounds like you both had and have a strong foundation for your faith. May you be blessed beyond your understanding as He holds you in His loving arms!

    Thank you for today’s devotional Rose. My condolences to you in the loss of your husband and soul mate. How wonderful that you have been able to see God’s grace in the face of his passing, and to share it with us.
    God be with you always.

    Dear Rose DeShaw,
    Thank you for telling us of this miracle.
    God makes all things work out according to his will and gives us assurance in times of need.
    Write again as you live in the sunshine of his grace in Jesus Christ and his daily goodness.

    Dear Rose,
    I am touched by your story. God knows it all as you rightly put it. May HE give you strength to continue with all you have been called to do on this earth like writing this devotional.
    Wish you a productive day full of God’s Blessings.

    Hi Rose
    I loved your devotion. That is a neat expression I have never heard before, Patience hitching a ride with understanding.
    Sorry for your loss but happy you had such a revelation from God about the 3rd hole.
    God bless.

    Dear Rose,
    Blessings and thanks to you for today’s devotional “God Left Me A Receipt.” I pray you would feel God’s supernatural strength in and around you in a most personal and uplifting way.
    I am truly sorry for your loss.
    I am So glad God ministered to you in such a special way. Your husband sounded like a very special man, and again, God bless you for sharing God’s goodness with us today.

    Hi Rose. My husband died several years ago. It was quite a climb out of a dark hole.
    I denied my anger, and barely acknowledged the future I thought we would share didn’t matter. But for me God was slowly peeling back the emotions and pain.
    He died in my arms in the hospital bed. God said to me that he would rescue him. I assumed that meant he would heal him. He did not. I felt confused and betrayed by God, He saved Lazurus. But for me as time went on I saw the blessings and protection that God gave my family. Now I am remarried to a man that also loves God. Another Blessing.
    Keep looking up! It was the only way I am sure I survived the pain. Thank you for the reminder that God is always near and always wanting to bless us his children.

    Good morning, Rose
    I have just read your devotional and feel that I must reply.
    Bless you for writing about your loss.
    My husband of over 60 years went to be with his Lord last month.
    It too was sudden, I am still trying to get used to his not being here.
    I have very dear grandchildren who are trying to be helpful and loving, my only daughter loves in England. She too is being as helpful as she can from a distance.
    Then too, I have a very close relationship with many in our church. Our Pastor has almost adopted me as an extra person into his family. People are caring and loving, trying to be there for me.
    I have yet to fully understand, not why? But what our Lord requires of me now?
    Yes I know He has a plan, but right now I feel unsure of what my role must be as the days pass.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    In time He who holds our future will walk with us through that future.
    My prayers surround you.

    Very inspirational, thank you!

    Dear Rose, Thank you for the powerful devotional. Even when we don’t get a receipt, we have to trust our God. I am glad you got one.

    Hi Rose,
    I can’t even imagine what you must have gone through and then to see how well you coped, and so good to read that whatever situation we find ourselves in, God is with us. Thank you for writing those good words.


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