A rediculous amount of things have happened in my life since I last posted, but alas, I'm without a computer and therefore, no Internet access as well. I'll post again soon when I'm able. Hmm, I don't know that I can recap, so I'll just start from last night.
My "partner-in-crime" friend Amy and I traveled to Duluth, Georgia to see season five's cast of "So You Think You Can Dance". A few months back I introduced her to SYTYCD and since then she's been addicted as I am. These kids are simply amazing, I tell you! I left work early, picked up Amy and away we went. Contrary to popular believe, the speed limit isn't 90, so dealing with all the random speed limit changes, construction zones and traffic made for an interesting ride. However, once we fully realized how the time change affected our journey, we stuck Lola (my mom's GPS) to the windshield, and made our way to the arena.
My personality is pretty even-keeled (sp?). I rarely get overly excited, not because I don't get excited about life and such, because I do. I just show it in different ways. Amy has known me for a really long time and if you asked her I bet she'd say this was the most excited she's EVER seen me! Seriously. I kept saying, "I'm so excited!" She started a running tally... I forget the final count.
We arrived there safe and sound. We parked in East Budda, hoping our exit would be quicker (it was). After a quick Superman change of clothes, we were off! The show started around 745. Oh... My.... Gosh! It was A-MAZ-ING!! I've watched these routines over and over on my DVR, but to see them live and in person was a rare treat which I won't soon forget. The Lord blessed us with amazing seats! Actually, let me get back to the show and give some glory to God.
The day before we were to leave, Amy texted me and said she was very sick with the flu. I, of course, understood, but was horribly dissapointed. I started scrambling, trying to find someone to replace her (since the tickets were non-refundable). I got very discouraged, but then I remembered what I'd learned this past Wednesday at Highlands. We need to ask our Father for the "little" things in our life. He wants us to be happy. Thank Him. Praise Him. Ask Him. So, I began to seriously pray! Some people call me a prayer warrior - a title I do not deserve - but I asked Him to heal my friend. I said, "God, you know how much I've been looking forward to this and if you want me to go alone, I will. But I really don't want to. Would you please heal Amy? Allow her to wake up feeling like a brand new girl." I kept freaking out about all the untied details and finally something in me said, "Look, Mer, this is completely out of your hands. There's nothing you can do. Just let go and trust that your Father will take care of you." I went to bed, woke up, went to work and got a text mid-morning, "I'm not 100%, but I'm coming!" PRAISE THE LORD!
I wanted to have faith. I wanted to believe He'd heal her... but I'm slowly becoming a person who hopes for the best, but expects the worst. (Wow, how did that happen? I've always been a glass is half full. That's another post for another day.) I don't know why God chose to answer my prayers. Was it to show me He really is listening to me? To give me the confidence to keep praying, regardless of the outcome? To reveal Himself as One Who really does care about the "little" things? Whatever the reason, my prayer was answered. This trip just wouldn't have been the same without my Amy. Thank You, Father!!
Back to the show... how encouraging it is to see people chasing after their dreams, with open and reckless abandon!!! Watching these kids dance was breath-taking! God made our bodies to do these amazing and seemingly unbelievable moves! The way Brandon and Ade would catapult their bodies into the air. The way Kayla's extensions were incredibly graceful. The way Melissa used her training as a ballerina to seamlessly infuse her technique with other dances. The way Philip manipulated his apendedges when he was popping and locking didn't even look real. It was all so amazing. I know I keep saying that, but seriously. It was amazing!! I'm sooo thankful Amy could experience this with me. It's always neat to spend quality time with people who actually get you.
Lola guided us home to Erin's house around midnight. Wow, it was so great to see Erin again too!! (We've got to hang out more often than once a year!) Sweet girl, stayed up entirely too late, as we recounted all the lovely details of the night. Thanks, Jeff and Erin for allowing Amy and me to stay in your house!!! Y'all are the best.
Back to reality soon. Amy's getting ready now, then we'll be making our way back home. Once I drop her off, I'm headed straight to work. It should be an interesting day. It's all good though. I'm blessed beyond belief with my job and my boss. Honestly, I'm just blessed beyond belief. Amy and I spent about two hours after we got in, talking about life, love and other mysteries (yes, I know that's a Point of Grace song). I think we finally went to sleep around 2am... so we're headed to Starbucks shortly to get some much-needed caffenine.
Well, it was an amazing almost 24 hours!! Maybe we can get a group together when season 6 goes on tour. Anyone interested??
Btw, I'm using Jeff's MAC, which I don't really know how to use, and I can't find the spell check. So, all the errors are just going to have to stay. Oh well.