I like to think I see the hand of G-d in everything. I like to thank Him for the good parking spot at the store. I like to thank Him for the sale on brown rice I needed to buy or the cute top I have been wanting. I like to thank Him for little things throughout the day. I know some people don’t think G-d is in the small things, but I tend to think I enjoy life a little more when I am seeing blessings all around me.
I have been meaning to tell you about our big blessing: we are staying in Houston!! One of my last posts, I was in tears over the thought of us being moved for my husband’s job- I wasn’t ready! I have been praying the the Lord would let us stay in Houston. We are finally making our house a home and making it ours. I just wasn’t ready to move. Plus, however this sounds, I still have a desire to have a baby in the room we have labeled “the baby room.” It’s a guest room now, and it stores our storage in the closet. However, we refer to it as “the baby room.” And, I think it would be a shame to never have a baby in it!
Just weeks ago, though, my husband met with his boss to discuss the future, and, they need my husband still through 2015. On the horizon, though, they have a new position in mind by 2016. It’s a position we never had on our radar (or, my husband didn’t), but his boss knew the current guy was retiring and that Joseph would be a perfect fit. Oh, I am thankful! We should be settled her another four or five years. G-d is good. I feel so grateful.
And, G-d kept us safe overseas. I sometimes think I am paranoid, but it worked out for us in Paris. I felt like a guy was following us to mug us. When I slowed my walk, he slowed his walk. When I stayed back to “tie my shoe,” he stopped to evaluate the underground map. I thought it was all coincidental, until I pulled my husband aside in a crowded entrance to the metro to “look at the map.” The guy slowed his walk, but he looked back at us three times to see where we were. My husband knew I was right. There was something up with him. It pays to be observant.
My heart was so sad to hear of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Our family and close friends were panicked knowing we were in Paris at the time. However, we were in Venice at the time. We didn’t even know of the attacks until I checked my e-mail and saw the notes fraught with worry. We flew back into Paris on the eighth, stayed the night near the airport, and flew out the morning of the ninth. I knew two things when I e-mailed our reassurances: 1) the Paris airports would be, likely, the safest places to be (and, they were with dozens of armed officers teamed up to walk the terminals) and 2) G-d was protecting us. I think of so many times when things could have gone so bad. I think of times that I was naive and innocent and could have gotten hurt. I think of moments of near misses and almost’s. Even in the heartache and sadness, I like to remember: it could have been worse to be thankful it wasn’t so bad.
Sure, some may say I’m lucky, but I like to think I am blessed. It’s good to have a thankful heart. It opens your eyes to see the world differently. It opens you to new possibilities and new promises. It gives you hope and reassurance. A thankful heart can help give you peace… So, I am wishing thankful hearts for all of you in 2015. May you see the blessings all around you. “May the Lord bless you, and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6: 24- 26) Amen.
Happy New Year, love, Laura