August 27, 2008

My Perspective on, "True Friends"

I've told Ryan that I think the guys who came over yesterday were an answer to a prayer.

When I woke up yesterday morning, I prayed hard for God to help us get our lives back on track. I told him we needed help... Keep in mind, Ryan and I are not the type of people to ask for help...not that there aren't people who haven't offered. We get calls ALL the time from our friends wanting to help us out.. but Ry and I have just always managed by ourselves.

Anyway, I'd prayed hard yesterday morning... I shared with God that we were in over our heads...and a little help wouldn't be so bad.

At 9:00 a.m., our doorbell rang and 7 guys from the fire department were standing in the driveway waiting to help Ryan put our garage back together after the big move and Tropical Storm Faye.

Little did I know that when I asked for help, God would send it in the form of several handsome and capable men from the North Naples Fire District!

What's even more amazing is that shortly after the first crew arrived, more firefighters showed up in groups of 2, 3, and 4 at a time...about 20 firefighters total... ALL looking to help out in anyway they could.

Answered prayers... God does that often... we just have to ask...

The best part about yesterday wasn't that all the guys accomplished so much in such a short period of time (although we are so grateful!!)... but they stayed and hung out at the house for awhile telling funny stories and being the "brothers" that a firefighter family can rely on in times of trouble.

I heard Ryan's gut busting, belly laughter above everyone else in the group and I smiled... thinking it sounded like music to my ears. We need laughter these days...

When I thanked one of the guys for helping us out, he told me that they were all Christian's "uncles" and they were happy to do it. Christian's "uncles"... what a great sentiment. I hope Christian was looking down from the heavens and marveling how much he was loved.

Leah

7 comments:

Lady-in-the-Making said...

The true brotherhood of firefighters is an amazing thing to behold. They really are a closeknit group - it isn't just words.

rns4ever said...

Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you. Unfortunately Suzanne will be out of town this weekend with an army conference, I hope to share time with you all on Saturday. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you need anything. Love Rick and Suzanne

Cathy said...

We will be patient and wait til you feel you can share stories of Christian. I know it will be very special. I am grateful to all of Christian's uncle who came to the rescue.

walkingbyfaith said...

How special that Christian's "uncles" were able to help and provide some light-hearted laughter at the exact time it was needed.

Praying for you and Ryan...

walkingbyfaith said...

How special that Christian's "uncles" were able to help and provide some light-hearted laughter at the exact time it was needed.

Praying for you and Ryan...

Becky said...

My son in law is a police officer so I do know about that brotherhood! I think he calls firemen hose-draggers though...
Your Roxie looks a lot like our Ruger. A lab mix who also would love to be a lap dog.

I stumbled across your blog and am praying for you. The pictures of you and Christian are very precious. Take care and Trust His Heart.

Jenny said...

I found your blog from another one that I like to read, and my heart breaks for you. I love the photo you have of Christian on your site. I pray that peace and love surrounds you as you grieve and heal.