Witnessing the sun rays peak through the morning clouds while driving east on I-70….
Bringing a friend to your hometown and sharing with them your "roots"….
Grocery shopping with dad (when will the family learn not to leave dad and me alone and unattended at the store?!?!)….
Joking around with sisters….
Running into old friends spontaneously at the store (a huge plus to small towns!!!)….
Drinking a glass of wine with family and friends….
Reading an encouraging note from a friend….
Watching home videos from 1994 and laughing like crazy….priceless.
Wow, I had a full day! I covered a lot of ground (and a lot of miles too. Goodness, Kansas is a looonnnggg state!). I'm grateful to be safe and sound visiting family in Missouri for the week. It's in moments like this that I realize the beauty of family -- yes, even with all the chaos and dysfunction, no one can take the place of family.
You have history together. You've seen each other through thick and thin. Seen each other at your best and worst. Seen each other with braces and without. Seen each other through those toddler years and awkward adolescent teen years.
And this visit home is especially meaningful to me as I move to Europe next month. I'm not sure when I will get to visit home next, but I'll take a piece of it in my heart. And I can look back at the photos and think of the memories and smile.
As I head to bed with a grateful heart, I look back over the past 20+ years and see God's hand at work in the life of my family. He held us together when we had nothing to hold onto. He walked us through seasons of drought and seasons of plenty. He saw us through near death illnesses, job changes, cross-country moves, breakups and just day-to-day living….Usually when we are in the midst of something we can't see or feel His hand. It's only until we gain some perspective that we can look back and see a glimpse of the beautiful tapestry He is weaving together with our lives.
Wherever you're at, don't loose hope. God is at work even when you can't see it or feel it. Trust. Believe. Hope. Persevere….Count up the "little" things. One day you may realize, it's the "little" things that were actually the BIG things.