Friday, October 22, 2010

Life Lessons, Hallmark Style

By Heather

(Warning: Long post, but I HAD to tell this story.)

You have to love when life lessons jump up and smack you in the face when you least expect it. Which is exactly what happened with me last week.

Lots of things have been weighing heavily on me for the past couple of months. I even blogged a little bit about it at The Naked Hero a couple of weeks ago (you can read it here if you want).

One of those things was a friend who’s going through a really tough family situation. One I could relate to, as my family had gone through it a few years ago. I was really worried for her, and among other ways of sharing my support, I wanted to send her a card. I put it on my to-do-immediately list.

Meanwhile, I was kind of (I’m afraid to tell you just how much) whiny about all the awful stuff going on lately. Enough already, you know? When was the good stuff going to start happening (blah, blah, blah).

Also on my to-do list was a blog I had to write. I was looking high and low for pictures of me when I was little so I could use them in the post, and I was having no luck finding them (note: I still haven’t found them). I was in quite the mood when I found myself sorting through my to-be-scrapbooked bin (which has about five years’ worth of clippings, pictures, programs, etc. in it) still looking for those elusive pictures.

Halfway through the bin, I found an unused greeting card. I don’t remember buying it—or why I would have stashed it in the scrapbooking bin when I have perfectly good card bin (I love bins!). Then I read the card and realized it would be perfect for my friend. Just the kind of card I wanted to send her. How lucky was I to happen to find it while searching for something else entirely?

The card said:

I know sometimes there are more questions than answers…times when our hearts are weary and our strength fades—but when we cannot stand, God carries us through…and I want you to know that I’m here for you too.

After I found it, I was telling Mr. Webber about how amazing it was that I found the perfect card that very day in the scrapbook bin.

Me: “It was like I was meant to find it for her.”

Mr. Webber (who suddenly bore a meaningful look ala Charles Ingalls in an episode of Little House right at the moment he gives Laura the Lesson Learned): “Not her. I think the card was meant for you.”

I reread the card.

Ah.

Me.

Even now I get the little lump in my throat. Yes, lesson learned.

I didn’t send the card to my friend. I got her a new one, and I kept this one for myself. Its message, definitely, was for me.

The best part? Since I found that card, a lot of the weight has lifted. Good things are happening—not just for me, but for friends, too.

Gotta love those life lessons.

So, please, tell me if you’ve had any good news lately. I think it’s contagious!

~Heather

15 comments:

Tonya Kappes said...

Fate, karma, serendipity. . .what ever you want to call it~That card was meant for you! I believe in those signs.

Dru said...

Hmm, a glance at the side and I see a new "Lucy's Cozy Cuisine" image. I can't wait for this.

Yesterday I found nineteen dollars on the subway steps and next week I have an appointment with someone to help with my daytime situation.

Prairiedog said...

Heather, at our church we have people who offer "God moments". I think this is one of them. Karen

Merry Lu said...

Isn't it amazing how God finds just the right way to touch our hearts when we need it most - we just need to open our hearts and listen.

My day has started off with all sorts of cheerfulness - a kind comment from a friend, a post that made me giggle from another friend, this blog, and just now, a call that some books I requested are waiting for me at the library. What a great way to start Friday.

Dru, I wish you luck with your appointment next week, I hope you get some answers.

Merry Lu said...

P.S. I'm definitely sharing this post with my friend who writes for Hallmark. :-)

Aryn said...

I am so glad that a lot of your weight has lifted! I am in the midst of some big life lessons right now - I had my 4th miscarriage in 13 months last month and am feeling very discouraged about having another child (we are working on #2). God led me to an Infertility/Miscarriage Bible Study and it has been life saving. I am still learning those lessons - but I am doing much better.

Mr. Webber is like Michael Landon? Sooo jealous. I loved watching LHOTP when I was little and had the biggest crush on Charles Ingalls. But that show was such a tear jerker and after the umpteenth time finding me in tears in front of the TV, my mom banned LHOTP from our house!

Heather Webber said...

Love all these comments and hearing some good news!

I think "God moments" is the perfect description.

Dru, good luck with the daytime situation! I'm SO pulling for you.

Aryn, I'm so, so sorry about your miscarriages. Infertility is one of the hardest struggles, physically and mentally. (((hugs))

We love Little House here, and yes, occasionally there are Little House moments. Occasionally. :)

signlady217 said...

Sometimes when I'm down, I make a special trip to a store that carries greeting cards, and just stand there reading them. Some of them are just too funny, and I usually walk away feeling better (laughter really is the best medicine!). It's really great to go with a friend so you can pass cards back and forth to each other; although all the hysterical laughing might frighten the other customers away!

And, yes, I also had a crush on Michael Landon! :)

Maggie Sefton said...

God bless you, Heather. You are so special. And yes, I live my life believing that there are no accidents & no coincidences. That's God and the Universe working in our lives. You're always protected, sweetie. Never doubt. Okay, getting teary.

"Little House" --- as it was known at our house. I had four daughters as you know. Youngest two, Serena & Maria, practically memorized those shows. Had the books and followed it.

Funny aside---as you know, daughter Serena is one of the NASA's newest 9 Astronaut Candidates, and a few months ago she was doing their required underwater weightless training. Several complicated tasks to do down there while wearing this big, bulky deep sea suit and gear. Once she successfuly completed all tasks (it takes hours, seriously), she came up to surface and found that some of the Space Center visitors were the cast of the Little House stage show, who were cheering her on up on top. She told them that she'd "loved" Little House growing up. :)

Rochelle Staab said...

Isn't it amazing how the Universe gets us the right message at the right time? And all we have to do is pay attention?

I loved your post, Heather.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Heather - you know good news has been in short supply in my world this month so I'm going to take my good news from your blog and just enjoy that things are looking up for you. For us I'll say, we're still in the tunnel but I'm pretty sure I can see the light at the end.

Heather Webber said...

LOL, signlady, at the image of scaring people in the card aisle. Too funny.

Aww, thanks, Maggie. That's SO cool that your daughter is an astronaut in training. I can't wait to hear more about that!

Thanks, Rochelle. It really is all about paying attention, isn't it? I need to do better at that (obviously!).

Linda, you've had such a tough time! I hope that the light is bright as can be when it finally shines through for you. ((hugs))

Heather Webber said...

Oh, and Dru, that Lucy isn't MY Lucy. She's, well...you'll see. :)

Vickie said...

{{HUGS}}. I do believe in serendipity and fate and God's hand guiding, tugging one in the right direction.
Some of the good things, we've still been getting tomatoes out of our garden. It's October...in Colorado..and we still have tomatoes and hot peppers producing. There are even blooms on the vine.
Lady K is still contemplating Halloween decorations for the front lawn and dreaming of the loot she will haul in.

Leann Sweeney said...

Heather, I understand completely. It was meant for you. As you know I've been battling chronic, confounding illnesses for almost a decade. There are many days when I ask why me? But just today someone on Facebook posted a quote that just resonated. It's from Churchill. Something like "when you're going through hell, keep going." I won't forget that one!