When I was training to be on Survivor, I remember finding four leaf clovers all the time along the trail as I was running. I felt like it was a little encouragement from God as I was training and preparing for what would be one of the most grueling challenges of my life to that point. I've always loved four leaf clovers, but not because I think they make me lucky or anything. It's because they remind me of something very sweet....
When I see a three-leaf clover, it reminds me of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - all together, in unity. When I see a four leaf clover, it reminds me of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and a true believer in Christ who is linked up with them - together in unity. It's just special. I love it.
I knew when I went out to my camp in China that God would probably show me a four leaf clover or two on my camp. I even told some of my tribemates about it - and explained why it was so special to me. Yeah, they probably thought I was a little nutty, but who cares? I was sure He would show me one at some point.
About four days into our adventure, I was walking a back path behind the camp with Denise and we were looking for snails (yes, for food!). I looked out of the corner of my eye and found a four leaf clover. I was so excited! But then it got even more exciting when I realized there wasn't just one, not even two or three - but thousands of them! It was an entire large patch of four-leaf clovers! I couldn't even catch my breath I was so excited! I told Denise, "God gives us far more than we could ever ask or imagine!" and then I picked eight of them and ran back to camp to show everyone what I'd found and to give them each one of the clovers.
I gathered my tribe mates around. They asked if I'd found food. I said "No, but I found something better!" OK, oops. You should never say you found something better than food on Survivor, but I digress...I reminded them of my search for a four leaf clover and told them how I'd found an entire patch of them. Most of them took the clover I'd picked for them and as I looked on, they popped it in their mouth and said "Hmmm...not bad..." Ouch. For a moment, I was kinda hurt I suppose. Nobody seemed to understand my excitement!
Almost immediately, though, I felt the Lord calm me down and remind me that the experience was for me, not to take it so personally. The producers called me aside and said, "How did it make you feel when your tribe ate those clovers you picked for them?" "Well," I said "It's okay. I understand that was between me and God - but I'm happy I could provide them with a spring salad!"
I was telling this story to a friend at lunch today. As we walked out of the restaurant, I walked over to a patch of clovers I saw from a distance and looked down and sure enough - there was a four leaf clover. I was so excited! Then...not a moment later...another one. I hardly had to look. I just love how God speaks to us through His nature.
I've always loved Matthew 5:8 "God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God." I believe that if you see evidences of God in your day to day life - whether it is in finding a four leaf clover, seeing a sunrise, witnessing a baby's smile, enjoying a hug from your children or however else you get a glimpse of Him - it's because you have a pure heart and you are seeking Him.
Enjoy the blessing! He loves to encourage us in these ways.