When you have it all, you never imagine it can be lost so fast. You take for granted that money is always in your wallet, that food is always well stocked in the kitchen. You never think that having two cars is a big deal or having a mortgage is either. You're like everyone else, right?
A new Coach purse, weekend trips, shopping, eating out....everybody does that.
Or do they?
It's a rude awakening and a blessing in disguise when
Yes, just like that.
One day, the job is gone because there aren't anymore house sales...which means no more of a lot of other things.
Eating out? Not anymore.
That Coach purse you wanted? Food is way more important.
You realize that losing the house, the other car...moving 4 times in one year...moving in with your in-law's.... You can do it.
You do anything to keep a roof over your kids' heads. Anything. You learn that Ramen is really not that bad as long as the kids can eat something better. You learn that Starbucks is a luxury.
You feel like you're rock bottom.
Those forever friends really aren't...Extended family? you suddenly can't get a hold of them...no job means no money which, in turn, means you learn what's really important. And, sadly, who is really in your corner. You slowly, very slowly begin to learn that you can't take anything for granted. And the only thing that really matters is the four of you. If you can get through that, all of you can do anything.
Your children, your stronger-than-you-ever-prayed-for marriage...that's all that really matters. It's the four of you battling and finally winning to the best victory of all.
So looking back -
at 30-years-old I had it all or so I thought.
Now I'm 37
and I have less than half of what I had in money - but the difference is everything is priceless now.
And that is what I know for sure.
I may have asked at one point how could this happen to us?
It took "this" to learn that He never puts you through anything you can't handle.
This was always in The Plan so we could be who we are today.
And for that...
for that I am truly grateful and full.
Full of praise and knowledge that we are always tightly held in His grip.
~ Nay ~