The blessing of the LORD brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God].
PROVERBS 10:22 AMP
Good morning! The sun is out and Landon is excited. If it doesn’t rain today, he will be able to go swimming. After a long dry period, we have experienced a couple of weeks of daily rainfall. When you are three and want to go swimming, this isn’t good news. Unfortunately, there are children with larger concerns than rain affecting their fun time.
At work I’ve started writing newspaper articles to help new businesses. Yesterday, I hit the jackpot. I interviewed a young man who was continuing a family business after his father had died. I interviewed a Chinese couple who had traveled from China to chase their dream of starting a Japanese restaurant. Finally, I interviewed a young man from Nigeria starting a used car business. Did I mention all of these entrepreneurs are under the age of 30?
The stories were so interesting and heart warming. I felt blessed to meet with each person. I worked four hours late to make sure their stories would make the newspaper deadline. This morning as I watch Landon racing through the house and playing with his toys, my mind reflects on the last interview of yesterday, the young man from Nigeria.
In his interview yesterday, he shared how Christians are murdered in his homeland. He spoke about extreme poverty and physicians leaving college to resort to a life a crime, because of their inability to earn enough money to feed their families. He also shared his story of attending a summer basketball camp, where he was selected by a coach for the NBA. Did I mention this young man is 6’11”? I’m a mere 5’2” (when I stretch) and I was so glad when he sat down.
His parents allowed him to go to North Carolina at the age of 16 hoping to provide him a better future. They must have loved him so much to let him go. Plus, he relayed that promises were made to his parents about his care that did not take place. Once in the United States, he shared a dorm room without heat and air conditioning with three roommates. He had one outfit to wear and he looked forward to going to Golden Corral to eat, because he was not provided food on a regular basis. His Christian beliefs were what helped him obtain a degree and play in the NBA. He has also been instrumental in helping other young men get noticed by coaches too. I felt his pain as he shared his story, which included his mother not being able to attend his college graduation due to a hardship in obtaining a VISA from the US embassy in Nigeria at age 52. He talked as if this is an old age, which surprised this 52 year old mother.
His sad story was laced with hope for the future, which included his Christian beliefs. As I explained yesterday, sometimes when we go through tough times, we can appreciate our blessings more. God seems to use those of us who are the most broken.
I pray your blessings overflow today. God bless you.