As I've been saying the last few weeks, blessings are everywhere and my faith has been growing through receiving them. Not everything is great still, but I wanted to share these two because they are blowing me away. Thank you God. Along the way, I'm learning some lessons too. Hope these are uplifting.
1. On Tuesday, I went to my favorite coffee shop for my usual baby mocha on the way to work. The woman in front of me looked back, and thinking I was a friend of hers, almost gave me a hug. We laughed about it and went to get our drinks, but with no hug. BUT, on Thursday morning, she was there again and as I walked by her, I said, "No hug?" with open arms. This time, we hugged and I found out her name was Liv. Now, that's the way to start the morning! Thanks Liv. (The coffee shop workers got a kick out of it too!). Lesson? Get out of bed like I want to! I'm not a morning person, although I wake up early. Usually I lay there and ruminate about useless things and finally drag myself out of the bed. That day, I made the decision to get up and go, and look what happened?
2. This next God moment is even wilder, but I need to preface it with the note that I never talk about God in class - I tell students that subject is personal and is something they need to talk to their parents about. Also, as I teach fourth grade, I tend to tell a lot of stories and mix many things together to make lessons enjoyable, interesting and unusual. This time, in a math lesson, House of Sandwiches submarine sandwiches were brought up, and that somehow led to a story of the Jeep accident I was in during high school. One of my best friends to this day was driving that night and rolled a brand new Jeep on Hoffert Drive in Racine, the Friday after Thanksgiving. As I told the story (that was relayed to me by witnesses), I mentioned to students that from the time we got in the Jeep until I ended up in the hospital, I don't remember a thing of it because of the concussion I sustained. When I mentioned to students how freaky it feels to know there are 2-3 hours of my life that I have no recollection of, a student says, "Mr. Wilson, I think God made it so you wouldn't remember, so it wouldn't be traumatic for you." That bit of wisdom came from a ten year old! Wow, I was stunned and thought he had a pretty good point.
As always, this week has also brought growth in faith and living that I'm still trying to wrap my head around. For instance, listening to two sermons guided my heart and mind this week, each providing some wisdom about getting past old habits in thinking. I began to see more that we all have shortcomings, but they don't limit God's blessings. He is not expecting perfection from me to earn blessings. He is blessing me, period. I'm still growing in my discernment of what I should be doing in a few areas of life. But I am very grateful to God, family and great friends for support and blessings. Blessings to everyone!
Here are a few photos too, and below those is a song from Amy Grant. Check it out!