We receive many blessings, often in disguise

By Dawn Cusimano, NOLA Catholic Parenting

Our Lord allows things to happen for our own good, even though it doesn’t always seem that way. In the last few weeks, I’ve had some clear reminders that God is always watching out for us.
There was one particularly stressful morning when I had car trouble while trying to rush from point A to point B. Then my 4-year-old got sick all over himself and his car seat just as we were about to enter the interstate. Because we happened to be one minute from home, I turned that way while lamenting about the detour.

I asked why God couldn’t have let this happen some other time. I pulled up at the house and began to clean everything up. When I went to unbuckle his car seat from the car, I gasped as I realized that I had not properly installed the car seat after the previous cleaning and was about to drive on the interstate with my little one in an unsecured seat.

It was a blessing in disguise, however icky it might have been.

The following day, we visited my mother-in-law’s new house, which was in the process of getting the roof replaced. While I watched our children playing from the window, I heard a strange scraping sound.  A heavy tool slid down the roof and landed with a loud thud – just a few inches from my 6-year-old daughter.

Thanks be to God she was unscathed and happily oblivious. I was overwhelmed with thankfulness for the precious gifts God has entrusted us with and hugged each of the kids tightly.
As I reflected on these events in the days that followed, I was in awe of the fact that although these close calls were ones that the Lord had made me aware of, that there must be thousands more known only to him.

He is the great protector, and we must trust in his ways.

Dawn Cusimano loves sharing her faith with her growing family. She is happily married for 12 years to David, and living in a semi-clean home, with five kids who eat lots of cereal. This will be her third year on a homeschooling adventure involving multiple, extended,  international family trips with, hopefully, more to come.  Dawn enjoys swimming, reading, traveling, baking and playing games with her kids.

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