I downloaded a friend on the Internet in the Spring of 1997, her name is Kathy and she is a true blessing in my life – she ends every email and every Facebook post with three little words: God is good. Three little words that pack a big message. God IS good, all the time. Regardless of the situation, regardless how it affects us, God IS good, all the time!
So what does God being good have to do with birthdays, paddle boats, violins, and leftover lasagna? He has used these four things to bless me over the Memorial Day weekend. And, friends, without sounding too pitiful or pathetic, I needed some God-blessing in a big way!
Our favorite boy turned ten this week. Simon Robert, an awesome boy and one of the greatest blessings in my world. He calls me Mimz and tells his Grandpa and I that his most favorite thing to do with either one of us is drive in the car and talk and laugh with us. He is a keeper of all kept treasures. Happy birthday Simon!
Memorial Day morning I was talking to my friend on the phone and she mentioned going to our mutual friends’ home for a cookout. I called our mutual friend and invited ourselves – one is allowed to do that with “real” friends, right? After dinner the six of us walked up to their wonderful pond and Sharpshooter and I made a beeline to the dock and the paddle boat. I believe it’s the “old salt” in us that draws us to liquid fun! Back and forth we paddled (or is it peddled?) Whatever the word, our leg muscles are sore this morning!
We have seasonal neighbors from South Florida, and they come to their mountain home quite often between May and Christmas and Ali and I try to get together every visit but of course, oft times, life gets in the way and before we know it we realize we missed our tea and porch time. Yesterday afternoon we exchanged several phone calls and it was decided we would eat dinner together with the leftover lasagna in their ‘frig! The fellowship and food were wonderful and then the evening ended with a big musical surprise. Gary, an accomplished violinist, entertained us with a piece that was nothing short of soulful. The final letter from Sullivan Ballou to his beloved Sarah a week before he lost his life in the Civil War, with violin accompaniment. (Found on youtube.)
It was the perfect ending to a perfect night and three days of gifts from the God who is always good!