Gator Tale

See this “Gator and Snake” oil painting come to life in under 2 minutes (time lapse)

Something interesting happened yesterday at the sale. It was the last day of the 2-day event and I was discouraged because we still hadn’t had any interest in the large air hockey table. It would take a lot of room in the moving pod and we needed to sell it, as it was in like-new condition and too expensive to not try to get something back from it. I didn’t want the stress of trying to sell it individually. It would be very helpful if someone walked in and wanted to buy it, but we were running out of time and it was heading into the afternoon. So, I prayed that God would send someone to take our things that we were worried about- especially the table.

Shortly afterward, a couple came in and they said, “PLANTS!” They bought a few and then spotted the air hockey table and made an offer. The offer was lower than I wanted, but they made up the exact difference in plants and a pile of other things that they also intended to buy- things that I would have been fine to donate if they hadn’t sold. So, in my mind I got the exact price for the table that I expected and wanted!

Well, guess what? This couple had no idea that we were having a sale. They hadn’t paid attention to the community sale ad. They were here to see the gator!

They’d seen someone posting about an alligator in the lagoon behind our house (see my previous blog post and video of when Trapper John removed a rather large gator). They wanted to see this new gator and stopped by after they left church. They were surprised to see a yard sale going on, and on impulse decided to see what I was selling. So, they left church and then spontaneously ended up at my sale where they bought the exact item I wanted them to buy! They were SENT to me!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, it was this purchase that put us over our goal! We’ve since done the math and we verified that the yard sale will fund the entire move (the cost of two moving pods and a small rental truck for last minute items such as bed mattresses)! We exceeded our goal, meeting our “stretch” goal. The initial goal was to fund at least one pod. Middle goal was both pods. Stretch goal was the truck as well. We did it all! And I don’t think we could have done it if I hadn’t had all of those garden plants to sell.

This type of thing happens often. Some may think that I manifest what I want, others might say that these things are coincidences and I only notice the times when I ask and receive, and not the many times when I ask and don’t receive. Is it positive energy, fate, random, or God? I pray daily and often, about anything that I’m concerned about, and anything I’m thankful about.

I pray for others. I pray when I hear sirens and I know someone may be having the worst day of their life. I may never know the people involved, or what happened, and that doesn’t matter- I believe that my sincere desire for these people to receive comfort and strength helps them, even if neither they or I will ever know the connection.

I believe that prayer matters and I hope that you do too. Whether it’s about something small or something big, our individual lives matter. We may be just one small human in a large universe, yet we are loved. How about right now I pray for YOU? Whoever you are reading this, right now I am praying that you feel blessed by God, and whatever you are facing in your life, you feel empowered to handle it. Goodnight, dear friends.

Trapper John

First, the oil painting, then the story behind it… make sure you don’t miss the Trapper John video I filmed from the safety of inside my house!

Watch me paint this Gator art in under 2 minutes (time lapse)

“We get gators in the lagoon behind our house. Trapper John came out and removed a big alligator using a pole, his bare hands, and duct tape. I watched the adventure from inside the house, through the glass patio doors. When the gator was safely bound and loaded onto the back of his truck, I went outside and asked if it was OK to take pictures. Trapper John moved the gator so that I could get a good shot. The gator’s tail felt like an underinflated tire- rubbery, squishy, and oddly soft. The police officer on the scene said- after I touched the gator- that he was surprised the alligator was being so docile. The officer was amused by my photo shoot. He said, “Welcome to Georgia.” Besides gators, we also have snakes. There was a small one inside our house, which gave me a phobia of lying on the floor. No more yoga for me! There was a large one outside our house, which gave me a phobia of mowing the lawn. Now I wear boots or ask my husband to do it. One day I was filming a cute little toad and my husband pranked me by pretending to see a snake. He laughed about that for entirely too long. Well, a few weeks later, he came in from mowing with a sheepish look on his face. He thought I’d seen him jump a mile when he saw a snake in the grass. No, I’d missed that, but I can imagine it and it’s a safe bet that I’ll have another opportunity to see it.”

- from the book "50 Oil Paintings Inspired by Savannah, Georgia" by artist Natalie Buske Thomas

Update to the above story…

I bought my husband some cowboy boots for Christmas!

Watch Trapper John remove an alligator from the lagoon behind our house! (I’m filming this from a safe distance)

He looks like he’s being arrested… hopefully before he’s committed any crimes. A woman was recently killed by an alligator. It’s rare that humans are attacked, but small dogs are sometimes victims. Best to remove alligators that wander into populated areas! There is a wildlife preserve just a few miles from here. The gators roam safely and freely there.

See previous post for more backyard art: Painting Reptiles and Amphibians

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