Last night was rough. Major struggle bus rough. I had to close at my store and then I came home to find I had been put smack dab middle into some serious family drama. Then my daughter got sick and was up half the night emptying her stomach contents into blanket after blanket. I finally dragged myself out of bed after giving up on more sleep at about 5 am after round five; stomach evacuation.
My husband had to stay home with our daughter, who was still feeling pretty crummy. I brought my nephews and my son to church anyways. It’s Palm Sunday! I was going to church, come hell or highwater. Everyone was tired from Shiloh’s late night cookie tossing and screaming in distress and the boys were fidgety and I felt disappointment sinking in.
I don’t get to see these boys enough and I was really hoping that the time would be a bit more idealistic. But such is life. Sometimes we need to let go of our unmet expectations to embrace the beauty unfolding before our eyes- in our imperfect reality.
Later in the day we went to visit my Dad for his 61st birthday.
My husband ran out to Caribou to get us some coffee (he’s a saint!). He took forever but I didn’t really think much of it.
We had a great visit and as we were pulling away from their driveway my husband told me why he had been so long getting the coffee.
He had seen a homeless man standing outside. Heart moved; he had brought the man coffee, food and some cash. He took time to talk to the man and ask him his name, so that he could pray for him.
As he told me my eyes swelled with tears. I love this man and I am blessed. I am blessed to be a blessing.
Life isn’t perfect. Some days you are tired. Some nights you are up cleaning up puke when you’re exhausted. But there is still so much beauty to be found when we look beyond our own circumstances. When we realize how blessed we truly are. When we are able to show the love of Jesus.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
You are blessed. You are loved.