Once upon a time, there was a small town Texas girl that studied music in college. Sitting in class, she was transported (in her mind), to all these beautiful places around the world, where all of this beautiful music was created and performed by the best.
Fastforward about fourteen years, said girl fell in love, got married, had a gaggle of babies, and said "yes sir," with her man, when God said "go!" And their adventure around the world began. Little did she know, that she would daily see some of the same buildings she imagined, as she studied.
Nowadays we are practically neighbors with J.S. Bach (a city over), and live in Wagner's old stomping grounds. And you know what? Those building fade into the background of normal, and every day life takes over. While photos of us around the city have spectacular backgrounds, there are kids to get to school, homework to be done, dinner and laundry, meetings, a foreign language to speak, churches to try to start, work, sports, new people to meet, more work...but on a bad day, a walk by those beautiful buildings transports me to another time and another way of life, and my brain takes a little break.
As a Christmas gift, my man came through big time! Tickets to the opera, a little shopping trip for the night, babysitters, dinner...the whole nine yards! While he spoils me all the time (hello clean kitchen!), he went above and beyond.
So, with our dream team at home with the kids, we took off, all dressed up for a big night. It was snowy and cold and exciting. Living in Europe, does not mean you are on a constant vacation. We are busy. Money does not grow on trees. Buildings we have walked or drove by for years, were for one night, our destination.
Feeling a bit Cinderella-ish, we enjoyed an amazing night, seeing La Bohème, listening to voices rise and fall with ease, singers taking me to somewhere I can not go myself. Talent God gives people is amazing. It was all surreal and beyond beautiful. And then we went for pizza, because we are us, and were starving!
It was a night that dreams came true. One I will treasure...the beautiful opera house, my outfit, his hand on the small of my back, the music swirling around us, his smile and laugh (he truly loved it), the dessert before and the pizza after, having people we trust and love at home with our babies, seeing those babies light up when they saw us dressed up for the night. It couldn't have been more perfect.
This one night, which is never our normal, will be one of my favorites forever. And when I think about sitting in that desk in Dr. Keck's class, this Texas girl has come so far, but it's only because God has brought me to places I never could have imagined for myself. And in the midst of every day, and hard, and work, a dream came true.
Psalm 37:4 says "Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
While I do NOT believe God is a genie in a bottle, or like Santa, I do know that He is a good father, who loves me. And that special night was a gift for me that he planned long ago and he used my husband, who also knows the desires of my heart, to make my dream come true.
I believe that God truly knows our hearts, and what we desire, and if we look around at our life, we can see such good gifts from Him every day.