I heard a story a few years back that has been echoing in my spirit of late. Prompted by God, one woman bought another an extravagant purse, beyond the price she would normally pay for any gift. Oddly enough she knew the recipient was able to make any purchase she wanted. At lunch she presented the purse to the woman with whom she had a mere acquaintance. Visibly touched by the gift, the receiver proceeded to share her story of pain and adversity she had experienced recently and the rarity of another person blessing her with such a gift, for she was often the giver. This was a gift of extravagant love bringing a new spark of hope into a weary life.
A friend whom I often treat bought my lunch recently. She asked me if I recalled the story of the purse. I quietly said "Oh, yes." She then replied,"I just want to do this for you." For her it was a bit of extravagance, for me it was a whisper from heaven. "Remember I am your extravagant Father." A promise of things to come.
As I begin this New Year with a new blog, I title it Extravagant Purse to remind myself and encourage each blogger who reads this: Reach beyond the norm, whether big or small, to bless another, even when it makes no sense. Listen to those gentle promptings. And for the reader who is weary, don't give up. Your purse is on the way.