But as I was settling down in my old room for the Thanksgiving stay at my parents’, I saw my diary from high school… I told myself it’d be fun to just read the first entry. Then I sat there for an hour reliving parts of my sophomore, junior, and senior year, and even into the summer after graduation. My writing was enthusiastic (so many "!!!!!!"!) and… hilarious. I used to write “it was so kewlies,” “I dint have to go to skul,” and “this is a secret, don’t tell!” Ha ha ha!!!
|Omiglob! This was written TWELVE years ago!!!!!!!!|
God is so good to us, and over the years, my gratefulness sort of dulled. Sometimes when I hang out with my dad I forget how lucky I am to still have him next to me. The journal also had entries that reminded me how good my mother was to me as I went through my rebellious adolescent stage. How my sister always made time for me, and often invited me over to her place when I was feeling overwhelmed from studying and wanting to escape home. And even how my brother-in-law was a true source of comfort and help that fateful summer. Bittersweet memories, but overall, stories that make me feel super duper blessed. I think I shall give my FamiLee extra big hugs and kisses tomorrow (but only after I get my drumstick).
And although it was still painful and embarrassing to read through that diary (“kewlies”??! … KILLMENOW), it also reminded me of everything I’ve overcome by God’s grace. Even while in the thick of hardship, I guess there is light from both ends of the tunnel.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And thank You, God, for your ever-present goodness! :)
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." [Romans 5:3-5]