Living A Fairy Tale
What is a fairy tale?
Recently this little question flitted across my train of thought. My very next thought was, “I am living a fairy tale.”
I recently looked up the definition of fairy tale. Some of the definitions were good, some not so good. The kind of fairy tale that I am referring to is a happy tale, though not without hardships. Every life must have a measure of sunshine and rain. It helps to balance the soul.
There are two definitions that apply to my own life in reference to the fairy tale.
The first: a story involving fantastic forces and beings.
The second: a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending.
When I look back over my life, I see many times where God’s hand has moved.
So many instances where His hand has guided, kept, changed, forgiven, corrected, brightened & saved. God, the ultimate fantastic force and being.
The creator, my Father, my friend, my Saviour, I am so very grateful for his hand in my life. There have been so many times, when I have worried, fretted and doubted. Yet through it all, God was in control whether or not I wanted to admit it.
My life is filled with improbable events, does that make it a fairy tale?
One of the most improbable events, was that I married at the tender age of 17. I moved away from home and family to set up housekeeping in a new town. I was thrilled, excited and obviously oblivious to the many snares and pitfalls that are in life’s way.
I never doubted that marrying at such a young age was the right path for me.
I just did it! I vowed those wedding vows, and meant them with every beat of my heart. I have never looked back.
By God’s grace, we will be married for 24 years, this summer. Life has been good. We still love each other with that same pure love that we possessed on our wedding day. I was blessed from the beginning with a good man.
I have had five healthy children.
This in itself is a miracle. When you begin to think of all that can and does go wrong in some pregnancies, I feel very fortunate to have had five normal ones! God was merciful and very good to me. My children have been healthy and happy.
There is some loss in every life.
I lost the baby in my second pregnancy during the 5th month. It was a little boy, he just died in my womb. I thought I would never recover from that heartbreak. But God knew better. He gave me 4 healthy children to follow.
Not a week goes by, that I do not think of that little one in heaven. But I am very grateful, that God chose to fill my arms, heart and life with so many little ones to help heal that void. I know some are not as fortunate.
There is often great blessing hidden in our struggles.
One of my sons has Asperger’s Syndrome. He has struggled with many heartaches and because he has, I have too. But he has overcome much! He is now a pleasant young man, who would do anything and everything to help me out around the house. He is caring, loving and kind. Something they once told me that he would never have the real ability to do.
It is a miracle. God is good.
Marriage is work but it helps when you share common ground.
My husband and I have been through many trials and struggles, as does any couple who has been together for long years. But, we have managed to hold on to the flame that keeps our love alive. We have a common faith. This binds us together. We work and move as one, a blessing to be sure.
My life is a fairy tale. A story filled with improbable events, leading to a happy ending.
I could write about countless experiences, some pleasant, some fairly horrific. But in the end, the SON is shining. I always come back to rest in the safe harbor that God has prepared for me. I hope and pray that I never leave that harbor and that I continue to rely on the only anchor that can save me.
I am living a fairy tale. For that I am grateful.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.