Today...for your blogging pleasure, I have a guest! :) My sweet friend Sandy has today's post, because I just couldn't retell it as wonderfully as she could.....Thanks Miss Sandy!
Sometimes, they are really obvious.
Sometimes, you have to look a little harder to see them.
Sometimes, you don't even realize that something is a bright spot, until days later and and all of a sudden, understanding happens. "Oh, I get it!"
And sometimes, God gives them to you.
Like so many of you who follow and read Julie's blog, you know about Shelby's journey to West Point. And how her journey has taken their whole family along. I'm along for the ride as well. I meet Julie for "therapy" (coughcoughStarbucks), I'm sending Shelby encouraging cards & letters, and I'm praying. One of my favorite ways to do this is something I call "popcorn prayers". Every time I think of any of them, I pop up a little prayer: "Lord, be with Shelby today. Help her be strong". "Lord, give Shelby strength". "Lord, hold Julie close today, she is missing Shelby".
So, last week Saturday, I was in our local Joann's, looking for bandanas. It was my fourth store. It was hot, sticky, they were kind of expensive, and they weren't the right red. They were either too pink~y red or too orange~y red. I wanted red red, a good red. And I was "benauwnt" which is a good Dutch word for hot, sweaty, claustrophobic. It's not a good place. But I was in line, because even without the bandanas, there were things in my cart. You know, the line, the dumb zig zaggy one with 19 other customers and one cashier. Which of course, added to the benauwnt feeling. And then there's the odd things in the checkout area, which I totally don't get. For example, the Coke cooler. In Joann's? Really? How do crafting supplies and a Coke go together? I never pay attention to the Coke cooler. For one, they are usually more expensive. And two, "Hello", there's a Starbucks pretty much across the street if I want to have a drink.
But all of a sudden, the Jacob family popped into my head and I stopped, took a deep breath, and sent a little prayer. And there it was. This.
I abandoned my cart with my purchases & purse, I high-stepped my way across the barricades, threw open the sliding door, and grabbed that diet Coke with both hands. It was right there, her name was spelled correctly, and really, what are the odds, that I would find this in my local Joann's?
There's only one way to explain: it's a God thing. God gave me a bright spot.
And so I gave it to Miss Julie. It's in a special place in her home, for her to remember her strong Shelby. She's going to keep it for me, until I can enjoy it with Shelby.