Do you ever have those moments when you look back in wonder at how just the right person was put in your life at just the right time?
After college, I spent a year in Switzerland as a nanny. (Side note: Yes. You should go. Because you would love it!) When I flew back ‘home’, a place I had moved to only to attend college, I didn’t want to be here. I missed the country and people that grew to feel like home.
Regardless…I came back to Indiana.
Not growing up in the area, I didn’t have many friends left here after college, let alone deep roots that had been established. But my friend Lori and her husband Alex were my constants.
“I’m going to set you and Lori up with a girl I work with. You girls would love each other,” Alex schemingly rubbed his hands together.
Lori picked me up for our ‘date’ with Val, we talked about how funny this whole thing was, but we were in for trying to get to know ‘the new girl’. It didn’t happen all at once over chips and salsa that day, but Alex had this one right.
Val is the girl who asks the questions that you want someone to ask, who has only grace and kindness and a helping hand to offer in the middle of a complicated world, who speaks well of everyone but sees with great depth.
She’s the one who excitedly stopped by my workplace with the newest seasonal drinks from Starbucks, making me feel so incredibly loved. Who planned apple picking treks, camping trips, game nights, trips to Florida, Superbowl parties. Who gets giddy over the perfect omelet, who cries with someone when they’re hurting, who throws her head back laughing at all the funny parts of a story.
She taught me how to be more real. She taught me by example how to take joy in the small things. She showed up at a time where I needed to sort through things. A lot of tough things. She showed up when I needed her.
Then, as most single girls do, she found a handsome man and got married. They live in Illinois, and I don’t get to see them as often as I would like. Shortly, she had a baby girl, Anna. And then another baby girl, Abby.
A passage came to mind as I sat down to write a song for these girls where Jesus teaches about not worrying about tomorrow, or what we will eat or what we will wear. He presents the idea that God will take care of us when we seek to know Him.
And this is a song for Abby and Anna. And, really? All the rest of us.
Don’t you, don’t you worry about tomorrow – it will be alright
See how the birds they fly free and always have everything that they need
Don’t you know you’re worth so much more
God will take care of you