Overwhelmed By Joy!Sunday, November 13, 2011
After returning home and getting things in order for the week ahead, my husband and I were relaxing in the comfort of our living room. The rain was coming down quite steadily outside and it felt warm and cozy to sit together and reminisce over the adventures of our trip. Then, quite suddenly in midafternoon, my husband stood up asked how soon I could be ready! He “claimed” that he wanted to do something fun before our vacation was over and asked me to pack an overnight bag. Well, as much fun as I’d like to think I am, I do tend to get a bit nervous when it comes to spur of the moment activities! But, my husband has blessed me so much and I told myself to just “go with it”!
After throwing a few things in a bag, we got in the car and drove. As we went (to wherever it was we were going), my husband was teasing me and trying to keep me guessing as to where our destination was. I assumed that it would be the coast, because we only live about 30 minutes from the ocean. However, he was driving in circles, and not heading west! Finally, after driving through the vineyards and then the redwoods of Sonoma Valley, we arrived in a quaint little town not far from home. After making a few stops to check his GPS (!) my husband drove us up a narrow driveway to a beautiful home overlooking the town. My guess was that he had booked a room in a Bed and Breakfast as a special treat! “What a romantic guy” I thought as I walked with him up the stairs to the front doors. But, when we reached the glass door and I looked inside, I was absolutely stunned! The room as all aglow with candlelight and autumn decorations and standing in the center was my entire family and many friends! I literally began to shake and cry and laugh all at the same time!
As I made the rounds hugging all my loved ones, I marveled that they had all come so far just to see me – They had arrived from Alaska, Oregon, Northern California, the Central Valley and Southern California just for this evening! I was amazed and overwhelmed by joy! I would love to say that I was speechless, but obviously from the many words I’m typing here today, that is not the case! I cannot stop talking about how wonderful it was and how loved they all made me feel!
Today, I am thanking the Father for the incredible blessing of family and friends! I feel so undeserved for the outpouring of love that I received. But isn’t that truly the nature of love – selfless, unconditional, unmerited Agape love? As I think of the sacrifices my family has made for me, I am amazed. But, even more so am I astounded at the sacrifices of our God! Because of His Agape love for us, “…He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). What a blessing to be loved like that! “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory” (Romans 5:2). Thank you, Father, for the blessing of loved ones and for the joy of knowing that our future is secure with you!
Overwhelmed by joy,
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