Blessed with memories…
I don’t know about you, but do you ever have one of those days when plans do not happen the way you thought they would or should. I thought I would have a short day, I would come home and just chill, read and have my own hang time. To be honest, I was just looking for some ‘me’ time. It sounds kind of selfish but sometimes it’s necessary.
Bear with me as I set the stage as I write this blog…… Saturday had been a busy day as I had meet former neighbors for an early lunch. We had met these friend when Dan and I bought our first house. Midafternoon, I headed to a wedding for a great nephew which was a little over an hour from my house. The wedding was a beautiful outdoor wedding. The bride and groom got up to thank everyone for coming and they were so sweet! Come to fine out, it was the bride’s parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and the minister’s 12th wedding anniversary. How cool is that!
The next day after church I headed over to some friends, who have been friends it seems like forever. Another couple joined us for the afternoon. There is one other couple that were not able to join us. The three men met Dan at Ft. Snelling as they worked together in the Army Reserves and were often referred to as ‘the four musketeer’s’. One of the men has a dry sense of humor and started drilling me (all is jest) about how often I go to the Ft. Snelling Cemetery, knowing full well I am not one that goes very often. Neither of these men go to the cemetery, so it was decided that the five of us would go to the cemetery. We spent about 20 minutes there and felt we should leave because we were telling stories and were all laughing so much, that we were getting some weird looks. We did realize on the way home we probably should have been more sensitive with those around us
This isn’t the way I had planned on spending the day but it was good for me. However, to listen to them tell stories about Dan that I had not heard (some of them I had) was good medicine even after 23 years. I thought there would be Army stories that would be a little out there, but there wasn’t. Perhaps they were protecting me…. What I thought would be a 2 or 3 hour afternoon turned into 6 hours.
You’re probably thinking where I am going with this!
On my way home, I could only be thankful for the laughter of good friends and be blessed for them being in my life. One of God’s promises is Matthew 5:4 which reads: Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. I love this promise and how God brings those into our lives that stand beside us. Those we cry with, laugh with and enjoy life with….
Life isn’t always easy or fair. Things happen that are truly game changers. For those of you who are struggling with a game changer, God does promise to be by your side and walk with you through your journey no matter what it is. Often times it is just the little things along the way that cause us to realize He is there for us. It may be that butterfly flying by or a beautiful bird that reminds you of that special person in your life. Isaiah 41:10 is another great promise which reads: Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
My prayer would be that you find God’s comfort in your life. If you do not have someone in your life to help you with your new journey, I pray that you find one to help you along the way! May your good memories sustain you and bring a smile to your face.
Blessing to each of you!!!!