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Disguised Blessings

Yesterday, I talked about my experiences on coping with grief. I’ve had a hard time coping with two deaths in particular: the death of my friend Angie, and the death of my Aunt Doll.

After I wrote the post, “The Pain of Losing a Loved One,” I was reminded of the “disguised blessings” that occurred with each of those situations. When you are overcome with grief and despair, it’s easy to overlook God’s blessing and provision.

So here are the “disguised blessings” that occurred:

When Angie died:

  • My friend Diane was with me. It wasn’t too often that she came home with us. She also brought a friend with her. That friend ended up driving us home because no one trusted me or Diane to make the 2-hour drive home.
  • I was able to see my brother off to the prom. I have pictures of him and I together in which we were both smiling, but our hearts were breaking.
  • My roommate Tia was still on campus and was able to come and provide support.
  • I later discovered that the police officer that came to check Angie’s dorm room with me was from my hometown and was related to a good high school friend of Angie and I.
  • My husband (friend at the time) just so happened to be in town. Angie’s death opened the door to a closer friendship between my husband and I.

Three Weeks Before Aunt Doll died:

  • We were able to catch a very cheap flight home. It was my son’s first time flying and he did wonderful! God certainly was with us. Here are two pictures of him on his first plane ride.

  • Aunt Doll was able to see my son, which was a desire of her heart. She said he was the prettiest baby she ever seen.
  • I got to spend time with her and buy her some clothes that she really liked. I’m glad I was able to be a blessing to her.

After Aunt Doll died:

  • I was able to get on a flight right away back to my home state with no problems.
  • I didn’t have to pay for flight changes.
  • My mother-in-law was in town helping to watch our son while I was gone. She was able to help us pack and help with our son on the 12-hour drive to Aunt Doll’s funeral.
  • We got to town 1 hour before the wake started despite multiple traffic jams and delays.

If you find yourself going through a tough time, expect God to show up and work out some “disguised blessings” on your behalf. He understands what you are going through and He knows the pain you feel.

Special thanks goes out to everyone that commented on yesterday’s post, “The Pain of Losing a Loved One.” Your words of encouragement were like medicine to me and helped me to know that I wasn’t alone in feeling the way that I felt.

God bless you all.

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  • Chele August 5, 2009, 8:13 AM

    It's a beautiful thing that God gives us…blessings! :) Thanks for sharing that part of your journey through the losses you have had. Prayers are being sent your way…

  • Jocelyn Green August 5, 2009, 9:16 AM

    How good of you to point out all the blessings even amidst tragedy. Sometimes it's harder than others to see what "bright side" there could possibly be– but even on 9-11, there were traces of God's protection. See one Pentagon victim's take here: http://jocelyngreen.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/miracles-in-hindsight/

  • MOMSWEB August 5, 2009, 9:18 AM

    I guess your disguised blessings are no longer disguised. What a blessing!

  • Faith Imagined August 5, 2009, 3:09 PM

    You are so right! God shows us love through the good times and bad!

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