Friday, April 2, 2010

Life is Looking Up

"Look up."

"You've got a flat," the valet said. He got out of the car and pointed to the front tire which looked as deflated as we felt. Not the best news for a gang of girls on vacation. The tire guys dug out a nail an hour later. "You're lucky this didn't blow on the freeway. You probably ran over the nail a while ago, but it plugged it's own hole. If you'd stopped and the tire had cooled down, it would have loosened up sooner." Seven hours and six hundred miles earlier we'd said a prayer together, asking for protection on our road trip. We all glanced up gratefully.

"If you'd gone to Austria last fall, you'd probably be dead," Pete said when Dee celebrated his six-months-since-his-heart-attack day. Our trip to Europe had been scheduled for the exact time Dee was zooming through traffic in an ambulance for his life-saving surgery. Until Pete mentioned it the other night, we hadn't realized how blessed we were to be in the right place at the right time. Another thankful glance upward.

I'm so happy to know I'm in the Lord's hands. I love noticing His tender mercies, and wonder how many I don't even know about. How many accidents was I protected from this week? How many promptings did I receive last month? What events are already in the works as answers to prayers I haven't said yet? "I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me . . ." I need to spend more time looking up.

♫ When you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep ♫
♫ And you'll fall asleep
Counting your blessings. ♫
—Irving Berlin

Watch this youtube. It will remind you of reasons to look up.

Happy Easter!



Thanks for this reminder. God Bless, Ellouise

Katie H said...

I love this. And I LOVE White Christmas! :)
Thank you, Oma. You always know the right things to say just when I need them. You are one of my tender mercies. :)

Christie said...

Wow. I'm so glad now that you guys didn't go on that trip. Can only imagine what would have happened then. Thank heavens for tender mercies, eh?

Diane said...

Amen. Happy Easter.

Alisha Stamper | Photographer said...

oh! this is lovely! makes me think of a beautiful song (that you probably know?) "look up, look up, the stars in the heaven cry out..."

Kristie Lynne said...

I needed to hear this. Thanks. Happy Easter!

Kay Dennison said...

Great old song and sooooooooo true!!!

kenju said...

Happy Easter, Oma!

polly said...

I love the message, the song, and the picture of you. Beautiful.

Gabi said...

I think I'll print that out and use for my seminary lesson on Monday! Perfect.

Michelle said...

I love little miracles. Thank you.