The topic was “View”
And I had a front row seat.
It was beautiful!
To see a mom re-united with her son for the 1st time in 2+ years.
He’s active duty military; been deployed to Afghanistan.
To see a wife willing to stay behind, share her man, and be content with watching on video.
To see a life group doing life together.
To see everyone working together to make a milestone birthday surprise happen.
To hear all of us saying, “This is why we do life together.
No one person could have pulled this off alone.“
To see someone have an idea
share that idea with another
who mobilized a group of people
to give, plan, and prepare
and every person’s input was crucial to the success.
To see each person thinking through different details that would have been missed by another.
To hear numerous phone conversations
and see texts flying back and forth as we gathered together.
To see adults giddy with the excitement of anticipation!
To hear boys planning ways to reveal the surprise:
“Let’s paint our faces black and belly crawl through the grass!”
“Let’s rappel from the roof!”
“Mr. Nate can be the window washer and wash her window.”
I told you he was active duty military! 🙂
He was also their life-group leader a few years ago, so he trained them well!
To see Mr. Nate lead and manage the boys,
giving them reconnaissance duties
(this did involve the roof),
and entry-point duties
which they loved, and also helped them feel a part of the event.
To see my boys experience the thrill of giving
even though they don’t really know the mom, just the son.
To hear, “Next time there’s a surprise like that I’m in!” from my boys.
To see strangers appreciate the experience.
To realize how blessed we all are to do life together!
I don’t know which was the better view –
all the planning and excitement beforehand,
or witnessing the joyous reunion!
It was beautiful!
The perfect beginning to Memorial Day weekend!