"Can you feel the love, Mr. Davis?"
I had no idea what Tony our plumber meant by this strange, 8 o'clock in the morning inquiry.
"Excuse me?" I responded. Our plumber, who has become a friend in the last 10 days, looked at me and smiled.
"The water company guy is in your neighborhood replacing meter boxes this morning." I knew instantly what Tony had meant, and yes indeed, I felt the love.
Here's the story. Our plumbing project of recent days resulted from the fact that we own a 55 year old house. The pipes have to wear out sometime, and this was our time. Moreover, old style concrete meter boxes also feel the wear of the years. Ours did, and proceeded to disintegrate as Tony and his assistant Brendon pulled it from the ground while installing a new main plumbing line from the street to the house. We planned on calling the water company that day to see if they'd come out and replace the box. There was no need, however. Because on this day, the one day out of countless days they could have chosen, and the very day we needed new equipment, the water company -without being notified - sent their man out to provide exactly what we required. Oh yes, I felt the love!
I like to say it this way: sometimes God is so obvious that it seems we can reach out and touch Him. Or, in Tony's terms, you can feel the love (which may become my new way of expressing the truth of a Lord who must necessarily remain veiled in much of this life of faith, but who must also enjoy those times when He can come forth in open display of His devotion to us). "We walk by faith, not by sight" wrote the Apostle Paul (II Corinthians 5:7). Nevertheless, sometimes we seem to almost catch a glimpse of His wondrous form as it passes by us in loving affection and devotion (II Corinthians 5:7). Such times are precious in this present existence, and will provide blessed memories in our heavenly days to come. Yes, Tony, I can feel the love.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights."