In this day and age it is hard for us to believe that miracles can happen. We are a scientific society that, for the most part, believe everything that happens in this world can be explained. There was a time when we too thought this was true but then something occurred that would change our minds.
In September of 2006 we moved our family from Airdrie, Alberta, 8 hours west to Prince George, British Columbia. We drove the whole way with two kids, a large dog, a cat and ourselves all piled into one vehicle. In order to keep our sanity, and to allow our passengers some time to stretch their legs, we made many stops along the way. Luckily the route that we took is a very beautiful drive through some of the most majestic mountains in the world, the Rocky Mountains between Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta. After one of our final rest stops I happened to look down at my left hand and notice that the diamond solitaire from my engagement ring was no longer there; I had lost my diamond somewhere along our journey! Attempting to find the diamond was a futile task, it could have been lost at any one of our many stops, and we had to count it as a loss and continue on our trip. Once we were settled into our new home we discussed the possibility of replacing the diamond but we were financially unable to do so.
Fall, turned into winter and winter turned into spring and in April 2007 Dave had to make another trip back to Airdrie, Alberta to pick up some things we had left in storage. His trip would follow the same route that we had taken the previous September. The morning of Dave’s departure I had one thought continuously running through my head “stop at the service station in Jasper”. Several hours later Dave called me to let me know that he had made it to Jasper and was at the service station where we had stopped back in September. I sheepishly asked him if he could go back to the spot where we had parked and have a look for my diamond. Dave agreed to look despite the fact that he thought it was a hopeless venture. He parked the truck, opened the door, stepped out, walked to the back of the truck, looked down at the pavement and saw something sparkling in the sunshine. There on the pavement, after 7 months of rain, wind, snow and ice, was my diamond completely clean and waiting to be brought home!!!!!!
We have no explanation of how that diamond remained in that parking lot for 7 months. We have no explanation for why someone didn’t pick it up and take it home. What we do have is the knowledge that this was our little miracle and it confirmed to us that despite the occasional rough patches in our relationship, we were meant for each other and we were meant to do life together.
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How do you find your strength? How do you refocus your attention on what is important? Where do you turn when things get a little rough in your life?
In our marriage we struggle with the inability to stay focused on what is important. We fall into the trap of materialism, occasionally we measure our success by what we own and find we can never measure up. We spend our time wanting more …. a new house, a bigger deck, a larger travel trailer, a new vehicle …. Surely when we acquire these things then our lives will be better. Instead of being thankful for all that we are blessed with …. beautiful healthy children, a partner to do life with, a roof over our heads, food in our tummy etc. etc. etc ….. we are constantly striving to make these blessings into something “more”.
All of us are guilty of moments in our life when our attention and our energy is focused on the wrong things. We are heavily influenced in this world by society, the media and the internet; but should these places be where we find direction in our lives? Much of society, the media and the internet will tell you to find strength within yourself, that you are capable of doing this thing called life all on your own. But what if you have tried to find the strength within you and have failed miserably?
As a couple we “plug into the source” and turn to our faith. Our goal on this earth is not to please society, when we are trying to please people we quickly realize that we can never, ever measure up. However when we turn to our faith we are reminded that “we can do everything through Him who gives us strength” (Philippians 4:13). God’s strength can help us face our fears and do the impossible.
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We have been discussing our future lately. Our children are getting older and within a couple of short years we will be “empty nesters”. We have been discussing what our future will look like when it is just the two of us and what types of changes we want to make with our lives. We have been discussing our possible “later” and we heard something today which made us stop in our tracks … “later never comes”. We spend so much time making plans for the “laters” in our lives ……… When our children get older we will ……… When we have more money we will …….. When we retire we will ……… But later may never come. The time to be courageous, to be adventurous, to explore what we are being called to do is now. As the American author Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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This evening we went for our nightly walk, nightly meaning the nights that we are both in the same city. Lately we have become a bit lazy in our walks and they have been getting shorter rather than longer. Three nights ago we decided it was time to step up our walking game and get back into shape. So, we started doing what is known in our city as the “hill climb” and that is exactly what it is, straight up and straight down! It is definitely more of a challenge than the walks that we have been taking lately but the feeling of accomplishment at the end is pretty fantastic. As we were walking we began discussing how important our nightly walks are to us; this is when we talk, this is when we connect, this is when our best ideas are born!! We also discussed how not only is this walking time important for us as a couple but it is also important for us as individuals. Physical fitness is directly linked to our mental well being. When we are taking care of our body, taking the time to exercise and eat healthy, we are better prepared to deal with the stresses of every day life. It is important to take care of ourselves; when our needs are met then we can effectively meet the needs of those around us.
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