Love, Thankfulness

Being Patient while Protecting Me from Me

“I thank God for protecting me from me from what I thought I wanted and blessing me with what I didn’t know I needed.” ~ Estelea

When I read the above sentence from Estelea’s Blog, I found my self thinking of the blessings I’ve received. It is February 2015. At this writing, I am two months away from my sixty-second birthday. That almost seems preposterous to me. I mean, how on Earth did I get to be so lucky to live this long.

This evening (Sunday, February 1), I watched one of the many Super Bowl commercials. Besides falling in love with the Budweiser commercial. You know the one, the sweet puppy and those wonderful Clydesdales. I also loved the one by Dodge celebrating 100 years since it was “born” (as the ad stated). If you didn’t see it,  it featured men and women, all of whom had each lived at least 100 years. They shared words of wisdom of how to live and enjoy the life given to them, as they saw it. I marveled at the folks featured. I wondered about their lives–what joys they met along their journey. What pains they suffered, too.

My blessings are many. For that I’m eternally grateful. I have a friend, partner, and lover in my life — my husband. We are proud of our daughter and her dog, Miloh; they bring us great joy. We have a lovely home. And now, I find I am living a life I first dreamed of when I was in fifth grade and I had read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I dreamed then that I wanted to be a writer.

For years, I didn’t understand that I wasn’t ready to have that dream. Until now. I wasn’t aware that  God was protecting me from me. That he was giving me what I needed at the time to prepare me for what I thought I wanted when I would appreciate it. That in the process, he would bless me with people, events, and the magical moments that I would cherish and use to help me understand I was blessed with what I didn’t know I needed.

I’ve heard the saying, when one door closes another one opens and you never know how much greater it will be on the other side. I didn’t always appreciate those words. I didn’t always want to hear them. But, they are valuable at helping one realize good things do indeed come to those who wait and have patience.

It’s hard, but it’s worth it. A book I have read and reread over the last couple of years has empowered me to believe. The book? The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It has touched my life in a magnitude of ways. My recommendation: Read it. Believe it. Live it.

How about you? What do you have to be thankful for in your life? What people, events, or magical moments have touched you? Share in the comments your life experiences that are protecting you.

See you on the ether…