Ok, I’m so embarrassed. I’ve been trying to write this post for over two weeks now. I keep post-dating it, thinking "I’ll for sure have time by such and such a date" and then all of sudden the pictures pop up again without an explanation of any kind — sorry.
So, tender mercies –that’s what I call those little everyday miracles that just sort of blow your mind and leave you in complete awe of God and the universe and how orchestrated things can be — even things that really shouldn’t matter in the grand scheme life. I’ve experienced a number of tender mercies lately and wanted to share two.
First. I get this great idea for an article in SS — so I share it with the editorial team and we put it on the schedule. The article will be in the May/June issue and Karen Glenn wrote it. Anyway — it’s about starting with a BIG moment or event and then going backward in time to discover whatever it was that unexpectedly led to the bigger thing (make sense?) For example, in the fall of 1988, I was dating and completely smitten with Peter. Peter was pretty much everything I knew I wanted in a future husband and so life was good — until of course Peter broke up with me — before he dropped the bomb however, he gave me a UofW sweatshirt and a Basia CD (remember Time and Tide) and as it turns out, that sweatshirt changed my life. Fast forward a few months and I’m sitting on the floor outside the physics lab madly working on my lab report (in my sweatshirt) when Geof Julian walks up and says to me "Is the W for Washington or Wisconsin" — the rest is of course history and the short story is that I owe Peter and his consolation prize a BIG thank you!! And just for the record, had I married Peter (who was way too much like me) I’d be in the looney bin by now — I’ll save the tribute to my honey and his calming nature for another day.
Back to the tender mercy part. I totally tell Karen Glenn that I will do a layout for the article and I start to look for a picture of me in the sweatshirt. I can’t find one anywhere. Not in any of my files or even in my college album and I KNOW I have a handful of pictures in this sweatshirt. I know of course that I can do a layout with a picture — but I’m just so busy and bummed that I finally tell Karen I can’t do it and I feel bad and try and get over it. About 2 weeks later I get a baby gift from Heidi, my college roommate and I open it up to find two cards. One written to me and one to Addie. I read mine — very sweet, and then I open the other one and find this photo/card that says "This is your mother Stacy …" inside Heidi shares with my new baby some of the things she appreciates about me. OK — that’s the tender mercy — I can’t believe that out of the blue, the very picture I’ve been seeking shows up on a card in a baby gift! I just stand there with my mouth open and then I start to cry. I can’t believe it. I mean actually I can believe it and that’s why it’s so amazing — I was raised to give credit to my Heavenly Father, and I do, but I am still so amazed that with he He has to do, He still helps make little things like that happen!! For me, it’s too tender and too merciful to be a coincindence.
I have no doubt that if we are willing to "listen" to our spirits and hearts. We can be tools in God’s hands to bring about little miraculous mercies and blessings in the lives of others. So, thank you Heidi for always being the kind of friend that blesses my life. I adore YOU!
Second. I got home from CHA, got really sick and had SO much to do (projects, my LOM class, column and articles, etc..) and felt very, very overwhelmed. I was working on this little video project (for the Srapping Fever Cruise) and really, really needed some cool music. It was a Saturday at 1:00 a.m. and I kept falling asleep on the couch and wanted so badly to go to bed, but I had put this thing off way too long. Anway — I’m just not musically minded. I LOVE music, but I can’t remember names of musicians or song titles or anything and I had no idea where to start looking, so I said a little prayer that I could just pull this thing off and get it done and somehow figure out some music that would make it feel inspiring. I fell asleep and woke up the next morning to an email from a wonderful student in my LOM class telling me of a song that she had heard that should be our "theme song." The mp3 file was attached to the email! I couldn’t even believe it. It is called Little Wonders, by Rob Thomas and it’s perfect. Another total miracle/tender mercy. All I did was "ask"and it magically appeared. The video is now done (thanks to the miraculous Kayce Rehn) and on it’s way to South Africa. Here’s the song.
Anyway — life really is good. It’s incredible exhausting, but it’s so good and so full of tenderness and goodness and wonderfully happy moments if we just open our hearts and eyes to them. I’ll repost the adorable cookie note from my Chase soon.
I’m really sleepy now.
p.s. I shared my tender mercy sweatshirt story with my SS team at CHA and they gave me another chance — my sweatshirt page is now in the article!!!