I am so thankful that the Lord has not given up on me over the years. He keeps refining me and taking me through situations I would never have asked for or wanted to experience…oh, but the Lord has plans for good!
One day in the middle of a lengthy wet spell, we were all getting a little stir crazy, some more than others in our home. So when the rain let up a bit and someone asked to go outside, I said, “Yes!”
I figured a little wetness would not hurt…it could be a prelude to a real shower upon re-entrance to our dry abode!
When I looked outside, this is what I saw:
I watched. Stunned. What was this child of mine doing? Dressed in a pink and blue beret, a cute skirt, the smelliest sparkly Toms any child has ever worn and a beautiful wool coat with faux fur collar, just three sizes too small.
I just watched…wondering if I should make her come inside, but she was enjoying her time outdoors so much. And honestly, I could tell she needed this freedom from our own four walls.
I snuck outside to get a picture of her in the rain, walking around with her hands held out, just happy as a clam. So I joined her in the great (wet) outdoors, took her picture (unbeknownst to her) and asked her, “Lee, what are you doing?”
“I am feeling the rain.”
And such is life with her – she feels the rain in every situation. When life is sad, her eyes fill with tears. When life is funny, she rolls with laughter. When she sees an injustice, she burns with anger. When she sees a need, she does her best to meet it. When someone is sad, she gives them warm hugs. She is not afraid to feel every emotion and to love every person she meets.
Before the Lord gave me Lee, I would steer clear of all these emotions and feelings…
God gave me Lee because He knew I needed her. I needed to learn to feel the rain. To live my life to the fullest and to enjoy every minute of it…whether rain or shine.
And I have learned to thank the Lord for both.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24