I have looked forward to this past weekend for weeks.
Friday evening, Jay & I took the girls to see “Soul Surfer” about Bethany Hamilton. Katie & Mary Margaret had agreed before we got there that they would slip out so they would miss the shark attack – they both knew the gist of the story, so no surprises there. From the beginning of the movie, each time it showed the ocean, MM would lean over & ask me, “Do you think this is it?” And I would shake my head no, assuring her that I would tell her when it was time. So here it comes, and I tell the girls, “OK, I think this is when you want to go…” and they did. Fast forward about 3 minutes, they slip back in, Bethany is in the hospital bed, bandaged after surgery. Mary Margaret sat down, looked at me & asked, “So, what did I miss?”
She cracks me up!
Then, Saturday, Jay & I had a date. Nothing special, a little ping pong, long dinner sitting outside, great conversation, a little reminiscing. He asked if I realized that our anniversary is this week. Well, June 11 is our wedding anniversary so I was thrown for a minute. And then I realized, April 15 is this Friday! We had our very first date on April 15, 1992. Questions that came up, well, with me being the Queen of Questions, these all came out of my mouth - “Looking back, do you think we got too serious too fast?” and “How soon did you know that this was it?” and “Do you remember how exciting & new it all was?” and “When did life get so busy?” and “Did you ever dream, then, that we would have such an incredible life together?” and “Where should we go to celebrate 20 years?” I suggested Bora Bora, but I don’t think he will go for that. It is overwhelming to me to see the gift that God has given me, in this man. I am so thankful that He allows to me to do life with Jay.
And then, Sunday, in church, I heard about orphans, and how, as believers, we are called to do something about it. Lots to process there.
Sunday night, I was so thrilled to see Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath and….MercyMe. An incredible worship experience. Natalie quoted this Scripture from Psalms (the Message)…
But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
20-24 God made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
And Bart reminded me to “Love & worship the Giver, not the gifts.”
Many things to think about & process over the next few days.