Thursday, October 13, 2011

Things that we've learned the past week..

What a week!! Seriously. I don't think anything went the way we thought it would and I'm pretty sure we experienced a level of stress that was new to both of us. Short story is that last Wednesday on his way to work Jason was rear ended. I was so terrified when he called me, but he was ok. Our Focus (aka Beast) not so much, but my sweet husband is what's irreplacable. We figured things out for the rest of the week; rented a car for a couple days and worked on getting the police report. We had planned on going up to Door County to visit my family amd decided to still go. We had the best time! On the way home though, driving seperately because my brother had borrow us his car to use while we car shop, I was rear ended in our other car. Are you kidding me? What a week! We're starting to figure things out with both car situations and now that things are starting to calm down a little I think I'm ready to talk about it. And to go over...some of the things we've learned this past week:

1. When Jason's in trouble I won't neccessarily just feel it. Apparently I've been watching too many romantic movies or reading sappy books because I had come to the conclusion that if Jason was ever in trouble I would somehow just know! I have the strongest, deepest connection with him...more than anyone on this earth and so I assumed that somehow I would be able to just sense him being in apaprent danger. A sixth sense of some kind maybe. Well, it's not true. And my husband thinks I'm just a bit crazy for even thinking this.

2. If you ever get rear ended, hope and pray that the person who hit you has progressive. Yesterday the insurance agents who represent the people who hit me (did I mention they were some of the nicest Swedes and had moved to Chicago about a year ago? I got to teach them the word "dent." Sweet.) called me to discuss things and set up getting our car fixed, getting a rental, etc. They were so concerned about my health (Just a sore neck, really) and Bailey's health since she was in the car with me. It was so nice to be treated like the victims we really are! ;) They took care of everything for us including offering us a settlement for the "inconvenience of the accident." I didn't know this even existed but now I wouldn't mind being inconvienenced more often! It feels so good to have one car situation totally taken care of. Now, onto the next!

3. God's always at work even when it may not look like it. One car accident was frustrating enough, but two in less than a week? I'll be honest, I'm still figuring out what God could be doing in this situation; it isn't exactly crystal clear. I think though that just learning to trust that God is still working even in a crazy situation has been so challenging to me.

 Hosea 6:3 says "Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; His going out is as sure as the dawn; He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rain waters the earth." I have never once woken up in the morning and even thought or considered the idea that the sun wouldn't rise. Maybe that's because when I get myself out of bed and on with my day, the dawn is already breaking. How true is that with our lives? It may seem like the trial or stressful situation has just begun but truly, God's been working in our lives long before we even faced that difficulty. Just because it's new to us does not mean that God has not gone out long before us.

As I'm writing this the skies have opened up and it has begun to rain. It may not be a spring rain like the verse indicates, but rain is rain and I feel so reminded that God is going out and He IS active in my life and my circumstances!

Thankful for God's protection over my family, His provision and the knowledge that He is at work. Feeling blessed in the midst of everything..

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