I came home today to something totally unexpected.

As usual, I stopped by the mailbox as I pulled into my driveway. There was a letter in the mailbox that puzzled me. It was hand-addressed to Janene Keeth, and I thought, well, it’s not from anyone in my church because they all call me Crickett.

There was no return address on the envelope – only a Memphis postmark. My address was printed in all caps, and I couldn’t tell if it was written by a man or a woman.

My first thought was it was some cleverly addressed invitation to come hear about financial planning or a retirement seminar, which I often get with a pseudo hand-written address. So, I put it aside when I first got home. Later, I picked it up and opened it, and what I saw brought tears to my eyes.

Inside was a card, with nothing written on it. But money was sticking out from the ends of the card. My jaw dropped, my heart started beating a little faster, and I began counting – $20, 40, 60 – until I reached $250.

I was speechless. What do you say when you open an anonymous envelope filled with money? All I could do was bow my head and thank God for this unexpected blessing. And I thanked Him for the person who did this.

I have no idea who this gift is from, but God does. And I pray He blesses them abundantly in return for their generous heart.

The timing of this gift was perfect. I drove home exhausted today from the busyness of the week(s) and feeling pulled in so many directions. This anonymous envelope of money brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart. It was a sweet reminder that God knows what’s going on in my life. He cares. He provides. He loves me.

 “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights …” (James 1:17)

I bow before Him and give thanks.

How has God sent unexpected surprises your way? I’d love to hear!

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