Meet Tucker! My grandson. I had lunch with him just yesterday.
It wasn’t just any lunch shared with family over the winter break. It was a very special lunch.
It was an after Christmas miracle! ♡
You see, some of my family members have chosen to live their lives without the presence of each other in them.
All is well. 🙂
For them they say. Everyone’s happy. Everyone except for mom that is. 😦 That’s my family. And family is the glue that holds the world together. It’s right there under God as the second most important thing in my life.
I’ve suffered through three holidays so far with this estrangement, so when Christmas rolled around this year my only Christmas wish was for all of my family to be together.
I had total faith that God had this. But I was beginning to think His timing and my timing may just not be on the same page. I might not see such a sight this side of heaven.
Until today. 🙂
I was meeting two of my daughters for a big, steaming bowl of Pho, one of all of our favorite go to dishes, when who should walk in, but my other daughter and my two grandchildren.
Random? Most certainly! Expected? Kind of now that I think about it. By me anyway. I knew it was bound to occur. Eventually. Once I finally took my hands out of it, and totally abandoned it to God. You see, I had prayed for it. I just wasn’t so sure of God’s perfect timing. But the funny thing is, He was. And today was the day!
My thoughts flashed back to a text I had received at 12:00. As I was leaving to go to the restaurant. It read, “Wanna go have lunch with us?” It was from my oldest daughter. The one I was not having lunch with. 😦 My heart sank as I read it. Sure, I’d love to was what I wanted to reply. But instead I replied nothing. Out of respect for the sisters’ estrangement.
My heart pounded. I quickly assessed the situation. We were in public. All I knew was that I had to stay out of it. Let them work it out.
We quickly moved to a bigger booth and all six of us ate Pho and shared in the holiday cheer! My heart leaped for joy! ♡
My four year old grandson dressed in his camo, spiderman, ninja wear slid in between his mother and aunt. My two year old granddaughter crawled up in her aunt’s lap and didn’t budge through our entire meal. It was as if God had leaned down and whispered to her to be His little angel on earth, the buffer between them. The two sisters. Who sat side by side in a booth. Leave it to God to use two little children to be the glue that held this family together on this December afternoon. A family who had not seen or spoken to one and other as a whole for many months.
Words were still not spoken between them directly. But there was no need. Not today. There was a constant flow of small talk. The children. Their Christmas took center stage. And it was MY Christmas miracle! It was what I had asked for. What I had prayed for. To be together. And they were exactly that. All together. This mama was happy. 🙂 My soul smiled. And I know God must have looked down and winked. 😉
The kids kept us entertained as we ate. One ate the noodles and one drank the broth. Of Pho. A food we ALL love. And today it was the magical food. Like manna. It offered the spiritual nourishment this family needed. Straight from God. Pho and God had brought us together. My Christmas wish had come true. Thank you Jesus! 🙂
Maybe my wish came a little late in the eyes of my children. But not to me for I see Christmas every day. Baby Jesus may no longer be out in His manger, but He lives in my heart each and every day. And my miracle came less than a week late according to my timing. My trust in the Lord didn’t even have to be very patient at all. Once I took my hands out of it, He put His in. i absolutely love God’s timing. Those moments when you just know He’s stepped in. Without a doubt you experience the fingerprints of God ♡
How about you?
Do you have any Christmas wishes that were left unfulfilled this year?
My advice to you is to never give up. Never stop believing. God’s timing is not our own. He works everything for our good.
I may not have hit the after Christmas sales this year, but one thing I dId do was get my after Christmas miracle! That was by far better!
I encourage each of you to wait on God’s timIng. It’s perfect. Your time is coming. You just have to trust God. He’s working it all out for you!
The next time I may question God’s timing, I’ll remember this day. And I’ll ever so confidently remind myself, “Why are you anxious? What fo’ (pho)? You know God’s got this. 🙂
P.S. If you’ve never tried pho, it’s delicious! It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, several fresh herbs that you add yourself, and meat. And sauces. You add your own to your liking.
Give me a shout, I’d love to join you for a big, hot steaming bowl of it anytime! And you never know who might just drop in! 🙂
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day 2 Peter 3:8
Love and laughter,