I believe in God Winks, 😉 – those times when God shows me that my life isn’t just a jumble of unrelated circumstances, but can be an exquisitely orchestrated dance of events. These are always hugely encouraging to me. I’ve had some good ones lately, that I thought could bring some encouragement to you too! There is, of course, my gigantic, one-of-a-kind, over-the-top God Wink of a trip to my 30th high school reunion!
😉 #1 – About a month ago, I was going through my ‘promotions’ folder in my Gmail account, and saw an email from Viking River Cruises. (I must have liked them somewhere online!) I’ve never looked at their video links before, but that day I thought, why not? So I click on the link, and am watching it, when the mail comes. We get our mail delivered to our door, through a mail slot. After Pookie finished her crazy barking, I asked Becca to pick up the mail, and lo and behold, there was a Viking River Cruises catalogue! That was pretty fun! (Disclaimer – I don’t necessarily believe that Nick and I will be going on a cruise anytime soon, it’s the encouragement factor that’s important here. We’d been talking vacations as this year is our 25th wedding anniversary. We made it as far as East Side Mario’s! lol).
😉 #2 – A few days later, I’m pulling into Costco’s parking lot and see a car with a spare tire cover with the name ‘Parnussus’ on it. That was significant because this was the name of the Cancun hotel Nick and I stayed in when we won an all-expenses-paid vacation there a few years ago. Two days after that, Nick and I were driving – what car should pull in front of us but that very same one! I’ve never seen it before, nor since. That really lifted our spirits.
😉 #3 – Fast forward to my incredible trip. One of the ways I viewed this trip was as a gathering of all the important people and places from my growing up years. Originally I was routed through Atlanta to Raleigh, but decided to change my ticket as I needed more time to clear customs and security in Seattle. This time I was routed through Minneapolis. Significant because my entire family is from there and I attended the University of Minnesota for a time before moving to Canada. On the way home I was routed through Atlanta, where I was born!
😉 #4 – Part of my journey was a road trip with my ‘sister’, Donna to Lexington, Kentucky, then back to her home in Chapel Hill, NC.
Somewhere in Virginia, I was reading to her something written by a mutual friend, which said “I know this is getting serious – but it is the middle of the yearbook page and it is supposed to be the ‘climax’ -” and literally, at that moment Donna yells “Climax!” We had JUST passed a sign for a town called Climax! I hadn’t seen it, as I was looking down, reading. Crazy! I had to look it up yesterday, to make sure it wasn’t a figment of my imagination! Here is evidence of it’s existence –
😉 #5 – Topping off the God Winks – Donna and I were driving down Armstrong Mill Road, looking for the place where our old riding school (Windy Knoll Farm) had been. It doesn’t exist anymore, but there were a few old barns to see. We decided (for the FIRST time on this trip) to turn on the radio. Just as we are going by the spot, the song ‘Dust In the Wind’ comes on. When Donna and I were 14, we were part of a ‘quadrille’, which performed to that exact same song!
a choreographed dressage ride, commonly performed to music
GOOSE BUMPS!!!! Thank you, God!