This week has been a hard week. Hey, what am I saying? The past two months have been rough.
The month of May had my husband away on business for a total of almost three weeks. He was home for the weekends but during the week was gone. This month he has been working late almost every night. (Late means, I don't see him at all.) I'm living the life of a single mom! I'm not complainin', just explainin'. I know that a lot of you moms out there understand how hard it is to have your husband be away or work late. One of my most popular and most searched for posts on this blog is: How to survive when your husband works late or is out of town.
This week was especially hard. The cumulative weeks of my husband not being around to help with dinner and bedtime--plus I just miss him--have worn me out. The baby is teething, the kids are arguing too much.....I'm-a goin' craz-ay!
Today I was at the grocery store looking for hydrangeas. They are one of my most favorite flowers. I wanted something to cheer me up, and fresh flowers seemed to be the thing to do it.
Of course I couldn't find any. I texted my husband to bring home some hydrangeas when he came home from work. You can find all kinds of flowers on the streets of New York City.
As I was putting away the groceries, I got a phone call from the local florist in our town. Would I be home? There was a delivery for me. For me??!! I've never had flowers delivered to me except when I had a new baby. For a minute I thought of my husband. It is just like him to do something like that. (Yeah, he's awesome.)
The doorbell rang. Imagine my surprise when I saw the delivery guy standing there with not one but TWO bouquets of flowers!! Stunned, I took them inside. I knew who the hydrangeas were from, but the sunflowers?
Maybe my husband sent me another bouquet? He does like sunflowers. And he knows how hard the weeks have been for me.
I looked at the card and realized that the sunflowers were not from my husband but from my good friend Betsy. Last weekend we watched their children while they went out of state for a wedding. The flowers were a thank you, but her words to me were so special.
I ask you, reader: When have you ever had two surprise bouquets delivered to your door out of the blue???
I cried upon reading Betsy's note and my husband's sweet words.
I felt loved.
I felt like--God knew just what I needed today.
He always does.
He knew I needed to feel loved.
He knew I needed to have something pretty to look at in my home.
A tangible reminder that He is always there.
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
So when I (tried) to rock a screaming, teething baby tonight, I thought about my hydrangeas.
When I had to corral all the children for dinner and baths, etc, etc, ETC!! I thought about the sunflowers. And it made my job much easier.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~James 1:17