Monday, March 28, 2011

March Madness

Our family has experienced a March Madness of a different kind.  Yes, my husband does participate in filling out a bracket every year with his college friends, but that is not the March Madness I am talking about.

This has been our month of March so far ....

1 - On the same day, my husband and I both received calls from Michigan that we had ailing grandparents.  We decided to take an unplanned trip up to Michigan.  

2 - The day before we were to leave for our unplanned trip to Michigan, my husband accidentially backed into a car in a parking lot and the owner insisted on calling the police.  There was no damage to our van, and only a small paint chip on her car.  Both my husband and the other driver received tickets for No Proof of Insurance (it was at that time I remembered the proof of insurance was on my desk at home)

3 - Upon returning from Michigan we realized there was something wrong with our van.  We took it into the service station where they told us they would need it for a couple days so since we only have one vehicle, we ended up renting a car.

4 - The van cost $1081 and still needs more work.

5 - The day we brought the van home we ended up with a tornado forming right across the street.  My husband and I watched it start to take form (yes, I realize this is not the smartest thing to do.)  I had never seen a tornado that close.  The power is amazing.  The noise it generates it amazing.  We could feel the pressure inside our house.  I was in awe of its powerful force. 

I am stating all of this not to complain, but because of how I reacted.  Honestly, this month I have had a smile on my face more than I have in a long time.  Why?  Because my God is in Heaven and He has taken care of us this whole month. 

Now, I will say that there were 3 days with my grandmother that were the saddest days I have experienced in a long time.  But through everything else I have worn a smile.  A month ago we wouldn't have had money to pay for the trip to Michigan or for the van repairs, but God knew we would need it and it was taken care of.  That tornado should have hit our house.  But by God's grace we were one of the very few houses that had absolutely no damage. 

My husband's grandmother has recently passed.  Both of my grandparents are not doing well and will not get any better.  This is hard, but I am comforted by my Heavenly Father. 

I live in comfort knowing that God is always watching over me and protecting me.  What shall I fear?

The Lord will keep you from all harm - He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.  
Psalm 121:7-8

Lord, I thank you for protecting our family and for taking care of all our needs.  May I never take it for granted.

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