I woke up yesterday morning with a literal song in my head:
“You Are Loved” by Stars Go Dim.
I had just fought through a rough couple of days, feeling beat down by life in general- missed opportunities, disappointments, overly-busy schedules, lack of sleep- it had all created a perfect storm where laying in bed for the rest of the day seemed the best option.
But that song kept playing over and over in my mind-
“You are loved when your heart’s in a thousand pieces.
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason,
Just look up, know you are loved.
Just look up, know you are loved.”
Well, I wasn’t feeling very loved. I was feeling pretty crappy, honestly. I wrote off this song’s timing and its message to the fact their album releases today, trying to kick my prayer time into high gear.
But I couldn’t.
There was nothing there. No emotion, no powerful word from God. Just exhaustion and, if I’m honest, giving up. Sometimes you don’t want to fight for the joy because it feels too hard, ya know?
I finished my prayer time, resigned to “mediocre” status for the day, and got ready to drop-off kids at school. On my way, a good friend sent me a text:
“I need your Starbucks order…and your current location…and that’s an order…”
Soo sweet! Maybe this day is looking up! Coffee makes everything better!
She stopped by not long after and gave me my favorite drink. Being the sneaky gal she is, she handed me a gift card with my coffee without me noticing. As we chatted, I remembered she doesn’t even DRINK coffee. She wasn’t just grabbing me a drink on her way through to get her own. She revealed God told her specifically to go to Starbucks for ME that morning. (See! God DOES use Starbucks as ministry!!)
As she drove away, I noticed the gift card in my hand. This is what I read upon opening:
“Because what’s better than Jesus and coffee when you’re having a rough day! From the ONE who loves you though someone who loves you.”
It was no coincidence that God brought that song to my mind as I woke. It was no coincidence my friend heard God tell her to get me a coffee. It was no coincidence that in my moment of spiritual exhaustion God used tangible words of encouragement, a beautiful song, and a warm drink to lift me back up.
“When it feels like something is missing,
If it hurts and you can’t find healing,
Just look up know that you are loved.
Just look up know that you are loved.”
(The above is my favorite version of this song- those vocals are KILLER!!)
Be reminded today that God loves you. He is for you. You don’t have to prove yourself or even do all the right things. Just let Him give you good things today. Go download Stars Go Dim’s new album today or buy it at Lifeway, (Congrats Michael!!) and let it minister to you as it did to me.
From one friend to another.
Chrystal Cole says
This is amazing. It makes me want to be the friend that takes Starbucks to someone who needs it. Love you and all that you do to encourage so many women!!!
Erica Willis says
I agree! Tuning in to God’s voice and being obedient is a new goal every day!
Gretchen Moran says
I’m so touched by your story today, Erica. I, too, have had those moments in crying out to God and He immediately brings someone to bless you and just let you know that He is listening. He cares. It truly amazes me that He works this way! I have recently been praying these last few days that God will open my eyes and help me to see and hear Him speak to me so that I don’t miss those opportunities to bless others and live significantly. Thank you for sharing your heart!
Erica Willis says
The great obstacle in our faith is often our own tired hearts because we keep trying to do it on our own! Thankfully God revives us and reminds us that HE is the one who works in us so we don’t tire. I assume I will be learning this lesson the rest of my life 😉
Kath McKenzie says