Happy New Year, All!
I love putting up a blank calendar and all the white squares of days waiting to be filled. And this year especially, it’s ALL new. I don’t know what this year holds. Or tomorrow holds. Or really, even today.
Sometimes I start to feel hesitant to keep walking into all this new, with all its unknowns and will the scorpions get our kids? Or worse? But again and again, we see that the Good Shepherd who has led us here has also followed close behind with all His goodness and His mercy.
Surely Your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
Just yesterday, Jack had broken out into a flaming, itchy rash on his face. We thought it was allergy-related, but to what? SO much new here. We took him to the pharmacy, and Andy started asking the pharmacist in Portuguese what cream to use for an allergic reaction. A guy overheard, turned to me and asked (IN ENGLISH) “Has he been eating mangoes?” First, I was taken back to hear a stranger speak to me in English. And second, I was floored he knew! Mangoes are Jack’s favorite fruit, and has been devouring all we can right off the tree. This guy went on to explain when he was a kid and moved to Brazil from the U.S. (40 years ago) he broke out in a flaming rash because he would spend his days in a mango tree, peeling mangoes with his teeth and was allergic to the sap. I am always in awe when I see God orchestrate things like this. Here we are in the middle of Brazil with our son who has been spending his days in a mango tree, peeling mangoes with his teeth. The pharmacist asks if Jack has been exposed to anything new, Andy replies everything is new, and a man appears with a story exactly like our son.
Is it not God’s goodness and mercy that followed us to that pharmacy,
and showed us exactly what we needed to know to bring our child relief?
We can welcome in this New Year with all its unknowns knowing there is One following close behind, full of goodness and mercy. And our cups overflow.