I saw the above image today on Facebook and I loved it, because it is so true. I am a firm believer in enjoying the simple things in life. And I think that the tougher things get, the more important it is to try to keep my mind on what I have to be thankful for. There are many things to be thankful for, but I thought I would share something that happened during the extended power outage.
After I was home from the hospital, but we still had no power – I won’t lie, things were tough. They were more than tough, they were scary. I was still having weakness, problems breathing, and muscle tremors due to heat-related issues with my MG.
But something so special and simple happened one night during the outage. It was our wedding anniversary and my husband and I were laying in bed. He told me that he loved me and he knew that things were tough right now, but in many ways, he didn’t think he had ever been more content and happy in his life.
He took my hand and as we laid there holding hands, the room started to light up. At first it startled me.
It is very dark out in the country at night, especially during a power outage. So any sudden light is a bit of a surprise. But a sudden light directly over our bed, was particularly surprising.
I said, “What is that?”
Then I realized what it was, a lightening bug!
Through the crack in the seal by the tiny window AC that was keeping me alive (via gasoline powered generator), we had been getting a few tiny moths into our room occasionally at night. But not a single lightening bug, not until that night.
First there was one, then quickly there were more.
We laid there, quietly watching the air above our bed, as it lit up over and over again. I counted six, then seven lightening bugs.
We were married on the seventh day of the seventh month.
Perhaps if I were a more talented writer, I could capture for you just how special that moment was.
I know there are people out there who don’t believe that God has the time for little things, like sending seven lightening bugs on just a certain night. But I believe that he does. I believe God finds many ways show us love and encouragement along our journey in life.
It might not have been exactly the way we would have planned to spend our wedding anniversary. But it was pretty amazing all the same.
I am grateful for that moment, just laying there holding hands, watching our room light up for hours. It was truly magical.