Not long ago, my husband and I made a 2 hour road trip. It was glorious....I'm not kidding! 2 hours of uninterrupted adult conversation with the man I chose to spend the rest of my life with, but with whom I spend to little of my time. We talked a-lot....many many subjects, but mostly the kids. Why is that???? You finally get to talk, and you talk about the kids??!!?? It was good though, when you feel a bit disconnected, to compare notes on where you see the kids, and how best to deal with it. We try our best to be a united front with all of our children. We laughed a-lot, and even cried a little when we reminisced about our sweet Crockett, and what we miss. It was good, I love my husband, and I love to spend time with him. I try not to take that for granted.
When we reached our destination, we were met with an unexpected surprise!
We met a couple there that was such an encouragement to us. We only chatted for about an hour, but in that time I felt so close to them. We had some similar history of experiences in regards to our churches, and our children, and our homeschooling. It was so refreshing to meet someone to whom you instantly feel a connection. Near the end of our conversation someone else in the group asked about Crockett, and expressed their condolences.
My new friend asked when he had gone home.
I shared freely, relieved to be able to share, as it hangs so fresh around my neck, a heaviness that needs to be lifted occasionally by just a word of his presence in my everyday.
She shared how she had lost her 2 1/2 year old daughter to heart disease 18 years ago.
There was an instant connection, for even though we all have a different story, the loss of a child is a pain that unites the aching hearts of all parents who have ever experienced it.
We rejoiced in the knowledge that we will see our children again one day, and yet grieved knowing that even after 18 years the pain of the hole that is left when they go home, is still present.
God is so good, to bring people into our lives, that not only encourage us when we need it most, but fulfill a need that we didn't even realize that we had.
How has God encouraged you unexpectedly lately?