I don’t know how I’ve ever viewed irony; as I haven’t really ever taken the time to think about it.
But I do believe that God allows things to happen for a reason.
On this day exactly four years ago to the day (which actually happened to be Memorial Day), my kids and I attended a family reunion for my dad’s side of the family that we had never met before. Since my dad passed when I was 11 years old, this was, for me, an opportunity of a lifetime. The trip up the east coast was well worth it, and something that I will always reflect on as one that brought me great joy.
Today, I found myself in a very similar emotional place. I “re-joiced”, as in I experienced that same pure and unfiltered freedom, liberty, and joy that I felt that day four years ago with the family that was always there – even though I didn’t know them.
Different experience, same emotion.
Memorial Day now takes on a whole new meaning in my heart and in my mind. I will always pay homage to and respect our country’s finest soldiers for their courage and bravery. I will also always remember the long hard fight that it took for me to get to the top of this mountain.
But at least while I’m here I can breathe for a moment. Take in the scenery. And thank God for His grace…
….before I start climbing down the other side.
Today, I will remember.