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The Day God Bought Me Some Perfume

So I’ve been wanting some new perfume. But as the luxury remains on my “when-Dave-gets-a-job” list, I’m content to sniff-and-wish every time I go to the mall, taking home samples of my latest “favorite.”

There’s a verse in the Psalms about God giving us the desires of our heart. I’ve always piously declared that as long as our desires match His, He will do just that. But perfume? Way too carnal a thing to desire.

Not so, apparently, for at church today a lady (knowing nothing of my secret pining for perfume) handed me a bag containing a gift box of five small bottles of unopened designer perfume. “I wanted to give you a present,” she said, and walked away.

My guess? God told her. I really should stop being surprised and let it sink in that He really does like us that much–enough to buy me perfume.

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call to me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation.” Ps. 91:14-16, The Message Paraphrase


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