As I sit on this sunny Friday morning with a coffee in hand, I am recounting the events that have taken place in the past week. I am sitting today with a delighted heart. However this was not the case a week ago. Thursday evening of last week I sat with a sweet couple as they welcomed their first born, a son, into this world. I was blessed enough to be able to document his first professional photos just 24 hours after he made his arrival. This little guy was perfect, as I held him and photographed him I was filled with he emotions of joy for this little family! However on the other side of town my dear friend and her family were mourning the loss of her 18 year old son. It was very unexpected and tragic. 24 hours after I left the hospital to help a family welcome a baby, I was standing beside my dear friend and her family who were saying goodbye to Max. To most, this doesn't make any sense, and I am not here to make sense of it or light of it. However in my processing of such events that weigh on either end of the spectrum, my conclusions, and what God places in my heart about it do make sense to me.
In my job I am continuously celebrating in the new life of tiny humans! Its the greatest thing on earth! In my heart I have heard God say that this is all temporary. All of it. Everything constantly changes, maybe not the way we see fit, but it's the way He sees fit. I understand that we were created as His children, my own children are His children, He has loaned them to me. Not to minimize any pain someone experiences when they lose a child, however, the hope of knowing that one day there will be a reunion with that child. So again the hard lesson of not taking any minute for granted is pounded into my head and heart. For nothing in this life is permanent . Accept change, accept challenges, love big, do good, do even more good when its difficult, love more when its difficult to love.
The afternoon before I attended the visitation for Max I had spent much of the day in prayer for the family, his friends and anyone close to him. Not thinking much about my business or work that day, I found myself in front of a building which had space for lease, then I found myself calling a number from the vacant window. Within 30 minutes I was inside the space with the realtor and basically committing to a lease. It was fast, I hardly had time to breathe, I knew that God had opened this door for me that day. You see He tends to show up unexpectedly in situations I am not ready for. I felt so much that day that He was right there dialing the phone, pushing me through the door to meet the realtor. Now we are one week ahead of those events with a signed lease , and a possession date of December 1. This had so much of God saying "listen little girl, you're only here once, it's time to leap". He calls me little girl :). My business has been built on His guidance, me trusting that guidance, and boom...He showed up again! For a week I have been on an emotional roller coaster , having a heavy heart for my friend and her family, on a high for the new life I get to be a part of, then the challenge of a new adventure. I'm saying "yes" because I trust that God has my back as He has for 48 years. I'd like to invite you all to accept new adventures, to yes, this life is temporary , and nothing we have here goes with us. Make this life the greatest adventure you can imagine, because I promise you , the greatness of the life after we are done here is unimaginable!
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