Well, it has been a while since I last posted, but you know what they say, don’t you? Absence makes the heart grow fonder! So I know that you are excited to see that I have finally posted again, and because of that, you are going to make a commitment to read this blog every day, subscribe to it, forward it to all your friends, and share it through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all the rest of social media. Or at least, maybe you will read it.
This has been an exciting Thanksgiving season for the Hayes family. Everything from Christmas trees that lean and force us to undecorate to almost automobile accidents where we were spared by God’s own hand to our kids missing their connecting flight coming home from Oklahoma. You might not realize this, but every one of these is a major stressor. But through it all, God has been gracious and we have thanked Him for His goodness because we know that God works all things together for our good. The good things He gives us are for our good. The bad things that He allows to happen are for our good.
As I was sitting at the hospital yesterday with a family waiting while their loved one had open-heart surgery, we were talking about the past. I made a statement that applies to this blog – in fact, it made me start thinking about this post. I said that there are things in my past that I would love to be able to change, but I wouldn’t change any of them if it meant not having my family and my friends in my life. Nothing would be worth losing those who are closest to us, but I want to tell you, there were some bad things that happened that got us to this point. And I will be honest with you, in some of those moments during my younger years, I wasn’t saying “thank you” to God. I couldn’t understand what was going on much less why it was happening. But all I know is that if that incident hadn’t happened that caused me to give up my full scholarship to Stetson University, I would never have met Sonya. I didn’t understand it at the time, but the rest, as they say, is history. I could share incident after incident like this where my life would have been totally different had I made a different choice. For instance, had I held on to my LeapFrog and Red Robin stock that I had bought at next to nothing when they made their Initial Public Offering…. I think you get the picture. Not all of the bad things that happen have made life better, but I have learned through the years that God knows what is best for me, and while I may not understand the whys and I may not say thank you at the time, I have learned to trust Him knowing that eventually, I will say thank you. As the man who experienced the worst of the worst said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him” (Job 13:15 (KJV)).