Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Parable of the Gum

Late last night I was putting together an Easter basket for a good friend who would not otherwise have one. One of the items I had purchased was Orbit gum. I had two kinds--peppermint and wintergreen.

I was making my children's and husband's Easter baskets at the same time and so in some I put one flavor and in the other baskets, the other. In my friend's basket, I went to put in peppermint, when I suddenly changed my mind and placed wintergreen in her basket instead. I did not know which gum she would prefer but I hoped I had chosen correctly.

This morning I was sitting by my friend in Relief Society and glanced down at her purse. There inside was a package of wintergreen gum. I said to her, "Oh, I see you like wintergreen gum." She answered, "I do! It is my favorite." Later I gave her the Easter basket I had made--complete with the wintergreen gum.

It was such a simple thing, and I know she would have been happy to have received either flavor, but to me it was a sweet sign that Heavenly Father was very much aware of her on this Easter Sunday. It also made me think how often we pass through large, and difficult trials and feel so very alone. Yet, if Heaven can take notice of gum flavor and take the time to prompt me to change it, I am pretty sure we will never be left to walk alone through the times that really matter.

And that thought brings sweet comfort, and . . . joy to my journey.

5 comments:

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

I love this story - I think if we really focused we would find more "gum gifts" from God all the time. Today while driving home from our "easter egg hunt at grandma's" suddenly our 3 oldest daughters broke into song "I'm a child of God". Then to be the cherry on top our baby started singing with them. It was SOOO sweet and perfect. In that moment there was nothing I wanted more. - it was such a nice gift...

Heidi Ashworth said...

I have had a number of these experiences and it is just as you said--a very powerful reminder that the Lord is aware of each one of us and our needs. It is always such a privilege to be the one who is used as a tool in that way. Love it!

Momza said...

Hey there
Just wondering if your daughter in Colorado's name is Serenity?

Jenny-Jenny said...

What a wonderful reminder of how much God really does notice us and want to make our gifts the best gifts. Thank you so much for sharing.

Emma T said...

That is a sweet story. It is always nice to be reminded of how God is near us and shows us tender mercies. I wonder how many "gum" moments we miss? Thanks for the reminder.