See what I did there?

by +CrystalThieringer    @cdthieringer


My family began the new year with the addition of a new little boy. Zachary was born on New Year’s Eve, and he’d been a little stubborn about making his entry. Of course he’s perfect, at least from what I can tell from photos. I won’t be able to meet him for a few months yet.

But I’m constantly reminded of another child. Tiny Olivia is expected to make her entrance to the world any day now, and her chances of a long life are already slim. She’s been diagnosed with Trisomy 18, and until I read her story, I’d never heard of that before. Her parents have written a beautiful, haunting song about it, and also released a video talking about the song. 

It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Every time my niece posts a new picture of Zachary, I’m also reminded to pray for Olivia.

I know the holidays weren’t happy for everyone. Grief sneaks up on us. My friend died on Christmas Day, and my sister faced another Christmas without her son at her table. Other friends (or their families) face serious illnesses, and the sense of loss can be overwhelming.

But as Zachary reminds us, there is also joy. On some days, like today, we have to look for it.  And on days like today, God whispers, “See what I did there? Even the most destructive moments can be a source of joy.”

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7 thoughts on “See what I did there?

  1. Though it seems such a small thing, Anne, I know it is the most I can offer you right now. Your family is constantly on my mind.

  2. I must confess, Crystal. For the longest time I have had to look for it (joy, God’s presence, blessings) EVERY single day. But the great thing is that as I seek I find. He is faithful, and I am so grateful.

    God reveals Himself in many ways but one of the most powerful ways that He speaks to me is nature. I’m thankful to find that I’m not alone there. I’m a “wonder seeker” and it appears that you are , too.

    Thanks for taking the time to look for joy and to share it with us. These are beautiful captures!

    Blessings to you my friend!

    1. “A wonder seeker”. Melinda, I love that! So glad you stopped by. You’ve given me a different perspective.

  3. Crystal, so beautiful. I woke up from a restless sleep and I found this. I am reminded all over again how God places people in our lives for comfort and strength. Is is our search for beauty in the midst of a chaotic heart that He fills. xx Tomorrow is the day I’ll share the words with my sister. I was uneasy that I’d have the opportunity but suddenly I feel God will give me that chance because He knows my heart’s longing. And the words themselves aren’t as important as the love I feel. Treasured moments. =)

    1. Oh Amy. Again I pray for time to say the things we need to say to the people we need to say them to, in the manner we want to get them said. I’m sure she’ll feel the love. Your heart is huge!

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