So how do I want to start the new year on my blog? How about a really cool story about how God uses some of the strangest ways to connect people?
Long story, but I was told tonight, by a stranger [at the time], that God has used my blog to help prepare them for their upcoming surgery. What an encouragement that was to me! This person happens to be having surgery next week through the same bariatric center and surgeon that I used and stumbled across my blog from the weight loss surgery forum that I frequent. So here you have a "local" person find me through the world wide web. Coincidence? Oh wait, I don't believe in those... ;-)
Upon their request, I called this person and we were able to discuss a few questions that were still looming in their mind. I so remember where my brain was the week before surgery. I remember just wanting to talk and talk and talk. (Yes, those that know me know I like to talk anyway...) I remember the emotions. I remember the excitement and anticipation. By the end of our conversation, we had prayed and I let this person know that if they have questions, now or after, that I am just a phone call or text away. I know the surgery date...and time... (and facility). I know the surgeon. And now, I know the person. They will continue to be in my prayers and at surgery time I will be lifting them all before God.
How on earth does a forty-five minute conversation start with, "Hi. Is this <person>? Hi. This is Deedra..." then end with, "I love you."? It's because God connects people...through ways we may never even imagine...and He gives us a love for others that is beyond comprehension!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14