"If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you," says the LORD. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes..Jeremiah 29:13-14
i recently wrote a post about every day miracles... Everyday is a gift and we should treat it as such..
God leaves His handprints everywhere.. If we are seeking Him, in earnest...we will find Him..
a few weeks ago, I found Him in New york.. I had never been there before.. I wasn't quite sure what to expect...some people told me that I would love it.. others told me that the people were rude.."it's too busy and crowded..and dangerous.."
all I can say is that I fell in love with New York.. sure, it was busy..and parts of it were crowded.... I didn't come across any rude people.. many of the people we met were helpful and friendly..
I saw God's handprints all over New York...sure there were places that wouldn't meet God's approval...but there was so much life..so much beauty wrapped up and hidden in the most unexpected places...
there have been times when I beat myself up and question every decision I make.. at first, I had the temptation to mentally beat myself up for taking a vacation.. with so many hungry people in the world, I loathe the selfish ways of humanity.. maybe in some ways, we all struggle with the denial of self.. but my finest moment in New York was this......
My mom, Cade and I had just got back from walking the streets of Greenwich Village. We had coffee at a little cafe tucked away in a cozy corner of the world. We saw outdoor cafes with an array of bright flowers sitting on the tables. I fell in love with every tree and every branch that lined the streets. I fell in love with the smells of life coming from the windows..the smell of ethnic foods seeping into the streets.. I ate a chocolate croissant later in the day and I fell in love with that too. I fell in love with the architecture and the fact that people once worked so hard to make something beautiful.
Back on the bus, later that day..I think I cried..maybe it was just a single tear...but I just remember being really grateful. Really, really happy. I know that happiness isn't a nice vacation..but I remember being so overwhelmed that God had taken me from my suicidal state of a few year earlier...he had taken away all of my anger and hurt and frustration with the world... I felt wrapped up in gratitude..just so thankful that God took me out all of that and put me in a place I have wanted to see since I was a child.
There is a verse in the Bible where Paul says that he has learned the key to happiness in all situations...
In life, we can choose to hold onto negative things, or we can choose to be thankful... I pray that we all find New York in our very own backyards.. and some of the things I was thankful for on my vacation.
here are some photographs...
|thankful for an eye for interesting things..and a safe plane ride..|
|thankful for the beautiful clouds spread out across the blue sky|
|thankful for a loving boy that loves to build and create..thankful to have finally made it to a lego store..|
|thankful for the taste and smell of new york hot dogs! They were so good!|
|Cade fell in love with this phone on display at our hotel.. thankful for interesting things..|
|thankful for lots of color and thousands of people|
|thankful for amazing architecture and beautiful details.. Don't details make all of the difference?|
|Thankful for a stroll through greenwich village..and the brillant colors everywhere. the trees that grew along the sidewalks, and the little cafes dotting the streets..|
|thankful for interesting cars that give character to beautiful days... I want to ride in the caliente cab!|
|Thankful for places that serve wonderful iced coffees...|
|thankful for my mom and my boy|
|thankful for hot teas and cold milk|
|thankful for being able to cross the brooklyn bridge in the rain...I wouldn't have had it any other way..|
|thankful for colorful umbrellas|
|thankful for parks that look a little bit like Heaven.. so perfect and neat and clothed in color..|
|thankful for roses and lilies and lilacs and park benches and rain|
|thankful for surprising little nooks that rise out of ashaplt|
|thankful for rare beauty|
|thankful for places to sit after hours of walking|
|and sights that country girls don't normally see|
|this was taken in the park near the statue of liberty...|
|thankful for fruit stands|
|thankful for variety and options and good food|
|thankful for creative minds that conjure up all sorts of interesting things..|
|thankful for buildings that rise into the sky...|
|a relplica of the titanic..the three men are trying to pull a man out of the water. this reminds me of how God often picks us up when it seems we are drowning..|
|thankful for pretty spaces and ornate chairs|
|The ceiling at the Ellis Island Immigrant Museum... there was no shortage of beautiful details and architechtural handiwork in new york...people once took pride in their work..|
|thankful for winding staircases|
|and a gorgeous day on the river|
|The angel of the water in central park.. several movies were filmed here.....|
|a really amazing tunnel in central park...look closely, do you see the bride and groom in the archway?|
|horse and carriage in central park....|
|a lego lion creation in the NY public library...we were told to stop in to see one of the most amazingly beautiful buildings in NYC... several movies were filmed here also..|
|The empire state building can be seen through the window... have I mentioned that I was thankful yet?|
|thankful for purple flowers in large pots..|
|thankful for breakfast nooks|
|and a boy with a healthy appetite....|
|and wonderful views from our restaurant...that's grand central sation across the street..|
|thankful for a smiling mother|
|and my newfound passion in life...chocolate croissants...the best!|
|grand central station. Pictures cannot do it justice. It's beautiful..the ceiling is painted with stars..|
|View from 30 Rock....|
|ellis island museum|
|thankful for flowers that look like bells... does anyone know what kind of flower this is? If so, let me know.. I love them|
I once read something that said that Heaven was like a city... I always thought that sounded a bit silly... until I went to New York...and then it made perfect sense..
the city can be a place for life..where life rises up..where care is taken in things built and things created..
where flowers grow in unexpected places..
and smells of life emerge from every corner and every nook... where there is beauty and depth and surprises around every corner...
Yes, I believe that a large part of Heaven is like a city.....
Thank you Jesus..
I love you..
and I love New York