Thursday, February 13, 2014

Undercover blessings

The boys are all sick, this has been an exciting week. More like a juggling act to say the least. Multitasking was not my strongest attribute this week. I had to miss class this morning, I can't leave my boys for five hours while I go to school. I don't have anyone who can watch them and its not really my son's responsibility to watch his younger brothers or fair since he himself is sick as well. Due to the demanding schedule and presentations due upon my return for one of my classes I needed to meet my classmate to do a quick run through. It was for an hour, what can wrong in an hour? You don't even want to know what I came home to.

While sitting at starbucks this morning waiting for my friend, she tells me she is lost. I am that person who gets lost in their walk in closet. As I am trying to give directions there is this man next to me and I ask him for his assistance. He politely starts to give them to me, still confused I hand him my phone to redirect my friend to where our destination is. After the directions were giving we talk about GPS and the fun with that. I mention a sermon I heard about GPS and the gentleman tells me of a story of a man ending up on an airport runway due to GPS. I was telling him about how in the Sermon I heard you shouldn't always count on your GPS because it could lead you off a cliff. I mentioned It was a video clip from the book I read, Not a fan. The gentleman said oh yes Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. As we were chatting I found out his name is Jon Ramsey and he is a Pastor at Mariners church. Mariners church is a huge supporter to 3/5 my late brothers unit that he was in that I am actually helping out on the board not the church side. 

As we were talking he told me about his journey with his brain tumor; you can read more about it here from his wife's blog - Deanna Ramsay. I shared my journey with my liver lesion and tumor and how every six months I need to get an MRI and blood work. I told him how I learned to trust and just know God is in control. I also said that I learned not to question God. He provided me with a greater understanding to that statement. "Its ok to ask questions its when we question God is the line we shouldn't cross." Ok so it might not be word for word what he said the gist we are taught to ask questions in school, our children ask us questions. There is a difference between asking about something in the tone; example; "Mom WHY do I need to wash the dishes again?" verses "Mom why is it important that we need to wash the dishes again can you help me understand?"

I told him about how I am petrified about MRI's and he gave such a wonderful analogy that I am going to take this with me during my next one. He told me he uses this time as a great way for prayer during the 45 minutes. He also used an analogy with a hug and I am now going to visualize God holding me as I pray to him while I am in the machine for an hour and a half. 

When I finished going over the presentation with my classmate, Pastor Ramsey asked if he could pray for my migraines and my liver. My classmate, Pastor Ramsey and I all prayed in the middle of starbucks, I thought that was awesome. 

I  find it amazing that no matter what trials I am going through GOD is constantly showing his love  and mercy. During these trials I am meeting such wonderful people along this journey. Yes I might be overwhelmed with it all, however I also see the blessings in all these beautiful moments. Thank you God.

42 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Awww, see - so you ran into him for a reason. So he could give you that great bit of advice about having your MRI. I am also scared of ever having one, so I will have to keep his idea in mind should I ever need one.

Lawna Noe said...

It's so nice that you met him. But back to the kiddos...hope they feel better asap!

Jen V said...

Sorry you are having a rough week with your boys being sick but God's hand was definitely in your meeting that pastor. God always seems to know when we need a bit of encouraging, doesn't he?

Jaredamy said...

God is totally in control! I love that you are not afraid to recognize this! I also love that he healed you! Praise God!

BrettBMartin said...

everything happens for a reason. I don't think that your meeting was an accident.

Emily Stephens said...

Amazing! I believe that we meet people because they can offer us something - no matter how big or how small. We must be open to receiving it, like you were.

debdenny said...

Wonderful and amazing story! There is reason for all things

Jen B said...

I hope everyone starts feeling better very soon! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

Pam said...

That is such a great story! I don't think it was a coincidence you met him.

Nikki said...

I don't like MRIs either. When I go, I take a lot of Ativan. A lot of it, lol. I hope praying works for you! I also hope everyone is feeling better soon!

Pam said...

I don't think it was a coincidence at all. Everything happens for a reason. I will keep you in my prayers.

MikiHope said...

Sometimes when you need it the most a compete stranger will make life so much better--and then that stranger becomes a friend and your world expands.

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

So sorry you are having a sick kid week. Be strong all will be well. Think positive always good luck!

Beth said...

I'm really glad that you had such an amazing experience today. I had a "God" moment yesterday that was really crazy and just completely renewed my faith.

Beeb Ashcroft said...

It's great that you met such a nice person to help you with the directions and also provide moral support. :) Sending best wishes for your health and also that your boys get over their cold/flu soon!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I'm sure everything happens for a reason - its amazing the people who are sneakily popped into our path.

Cynthia Landrie said...

Hope your little ones are better by the tim e you read this. I am also glad to see that you were able to find some comfort and a coping technique.

Shauna Torres said...

I totally believe that everything happens for a reason and evidently this was one of those moments

Gabrielle Presley said...

This is beautiful :) I love how God always finds a way to lift our spirits and remind us that He's there when we need him the most. I'm glad you ran into this pastor and he was able to help you so much.

Wendy said...

Wow. I've had experiences like this before, and they stick with you forever. I often wonder if I've ever been the one to *leave* the impact, rather than receive it.

Dawn Calgaro said...

Wow! That is awesome! I love how God works.

Pauline Cabrera said...

Amazing story. Yup, you're right never question God. Everything happens for a reason so just trust him =)

Brandi said...

That is such a great story! Thank you for sharing and for showing that there are still angels out there.

mail4rosey said...

I love that you see and appreciate your blessings. Sometimes I think we don't even see them until much later, and then we look back and have that big 'ah ha' moment, that things really were working out like they were supposed to, even if we didn't realize it at the time. :)

Aly Mashrah said...

It's amazing how God is always showing His mercy to us. I'm glad you were able to experience that amidst some recent events.

Elizabeth said...

Great story-- I hope your kiddos are feeling better soon!

Danielle Leigh said...

That is such a beautiful story. There are no coincidences, we are being guided every step of the way! Thank you for sharing this with us. Blessings to you, and kudos for holding the trust that you do.

Pam@IW said...

What a nice man and how wonderful for you to have met and connected. I took a look at his wife's blog and it looks like they have a wonderful family and a lot on their plate.

I hope your household is healthier today and on the road to recovery.

Mama to 5 said...

God had that all set up, you had a divine appointment. He is SO awesome! Thank you for sharing, we need to continue to share His grace and mercy with others.

Maria said...

Glad you received good advice on your MRI. Sounds like a nice met to have met!

Amanda & Jenni said...

God is good!! Perfect timing! Glad you got the information that you needed!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

I hope your kiddos are feeling better. I just hate it when the little ones aren't feeling great

Melanie Scout said...

I've had a few MRIs, and they aren't quite as scary as they seem. They most just become annoying. :) Good luck!

Tara said...

I love moments like that that happen for a reason. What a wonderful connection to make!

Eliz Frank said...

Very inspiring... I always say God never disappoints us... Hope all gets better. Happy Valentine's Day!

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

I agree. Everything He does is according to His plan. A very inspiring post.

Amanda said...

I think sometimes it is easy in life to forget about how good our God is. He is always there for us and assures us in his word he will never leave us.

Teresa Moody said...

I love that you can appreciate a blessing. Its easy to forget where goodness comes from.

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

Awww, it was God that brought you two together to talk about this. I'm sorry your week has been rough ((hugs))

Marielle Altenor said...

Hopefully the kids will feel better soon! God as a way to send us little blessings when we need it the most!

Lisa said...

God Is ALWAYS Watching Over Us, Glad Things Worked Out For You!!!

Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl said...

I love that we meet people for a reason beyond our understanding at the time! Hope everyone is feeling better!

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