What we are is God’s gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.
I believe God brings people into our life for a reason. I do not keep a list of these people and the reasons because as everyone else I too am consumed with daily survival. The reasons are not always apparent and our hearts are not always open in the way to recognize them. Perhaps sometimes God likes to give us riddles, I don’t know. It is also unknown to me how He selects these individuals. Is selection made for them, because they are gifted for that important role or for us because He knows we need them in our lives? Possibly “hit two birds with one stone” applies here as well?
Thinking of people that touched my life I can assign one or two reasons to each of them. Some seem more and some less significant to the outside but all mattered. I also recognize how few people shared the same reason, each playing a different part and unaware of it. It’s God’s network.
Few years ago Aaron joined this network when Andrea’s heart was broken by her first love. As a parent, no matter how perceptive you are and how receptive your kids are, you can’t heal broken hearts. But friends can and Aaron was there to listen and offer her the shoulder to cry on. In return, Andrea comforted him during hiccups in his relationship. I was thankful for Aaron.
As they became an item few years later I witnessed Andrea’s happiness. I was again thankful for Aaron. On the day he asked me for her hand in marriage I knew this polite, sensitive and respectful young man is perfect for my daughter. He has good family values, is ambitious, realistic and treats her well. He even teaches her important life lessons, the same ones I taught her and she, like any good teenager ignored them. I’m thankful for Aaron; he fulfilled his reason. So I thought.
God assigned Aaron multiple reasons when he sent him my way. I’d like to think it’s because I’m special and worthy to be chosen, but the reality is I desperately needed the help.
With their wedding approaching, I visited their church and met their pastor. The visitations continued after the wedding and Rob and I gradually embraced this non Catholic, but Christian Church.
Fast forward a year: I’m in Haiti serving side by side with pastor, elders and other church members. I, who was not raised to practice religion, and only occasionally appeared at Mass, am on a church mission tour in Haiti! I felt a “tug” of God on my heart and am a part of something greater than myself. No words can describe my gratitude. I am a changed person.
My life is filled with love, faith and infinite possibilities. Aaron and Andrea are enhancing it by gifting me with a grandchild. I will forever be thankful for Aaron.
My son-in-law is a God’s gift that just keeps on giving!
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