Sunday after church, one of my girl friends gave me this lovely bouquet of lilacs! This particular friend has been really struggling with her teenaged son, and I felt like I should have been the one doing something special for her instead! What a surprise!
Joel’s been a fabulous help this year. He works for us half time and writes half time. Here he is coming back from planting some new fruit trees. I thought our orchard was pretty much dead, but I discovered that 9 of the trees are actually thriving, so I bought three more fruit trees, and we may have a lovely orchard after all. What a happy surprise!
This morning I was supposed to teach for the “Ladies’ Day” at our local rescue mission. My topic was from the Song of Solomon 2, on being “lilies among the thorns.” We have lots of lilies of the valley in our woods…and yes, they have to grow among the thorns…very like the extremely difficult circumstances in which my ladies at the mission have to learn to thrive. I was all ready for my message, but yesterday the ladies’ chaplain called to let me know that the meeting needed to be canceled this week due to construction downtown.
As it turned out, this was a very fortuitous surprise, because I woke up sicker than a dog this morning. In fact, I was so sick that I went to the doctor, only to discover that I couldn’t qualify for my upcoming surgery, scheduled for this Friday. Surprise again! Also, Daniel and Brianna, who had always planned to come back to GR after they finished school, couldn’t find work here, so Daniel just accepted a job at a dental clinic in Battle Creek. Jonathan, who’d hoped to get a teaching position at Cornerstone, is being flown out to Spokane, WA next week and may take a job there. Wow! Life is full of surprises and changes!
I guess we never know from one day to the next what will happen in our lives, but I’m thankful we can rest in the One who knows all things and intends our circumstances for good.