Well .. here we go … today is Tuesday .. my attempt to blog what has been swimming around in my head all week .. Amidst the squeals of delight and the ‘Ta DAAAA’s’ of my two year old granddaughter as we build, unstack and rebuild a penguin Babushka doll again and again … ‘found one’ … ‘little baby’ … ‘kiss’ …’cubble’ …’nigh, nigh’ ..
I am abundantly blessed !
If I could wind back time – I would have made more of these moments with my own children ..
A picnic in the backyard with apple juice and a cheese toastie .. Daddy’s home from work soon .. so we must say goodbye for today .. a short trip home and a counting of animals .. Alpacas, sheep, horses, cows .. Oh and a Firetruck .. Ooops – almost forgot the goats !
Three hours later .. I am back at the computer – undeterred, and unfazed. Groceries completed .. housework to begin ..
Who is this woman ?
Ok .. distraction again … no progress .. will return to my computer later ….
Oh … it’s now Saturday .. as disconnected as this may be .. Wait .. this is my life .. It is now Four days since I began writing this blog post – and yet I am certain that most people will relate to the distraction and disconnected ‘bits’ of our lives … At times blissfully peaceful and precious – and others simply chaotic and frenzied .. Tuesday my level of peace was that of an eagle soaring .. today .. that of an insect .. a tiny ant who has carried a crumb ten times it’s bodyweight throughout the rest of my week ..
Work – has been tough … home – at times – unpleasant – wait – did I say that out loud ??? YES – I DID … .. the truth is my life is good/bad/happy/sad/fun/frenzied/precious/crappy … BUT it IS my life …
There are plenty of reasons for me to give thanks .. there are also some moments when I scratch my head … or moments when tears flow ..
Some months ago – I received a major encouragement from a friend – and I want to share it with you ..
Setting the scene .. She is in a hospital bed, pregnant with her third child .. two other little ones at home .. being cared for by family and church friends .. a supportive husband in there too .. I have known her for a long time – since she was a young married woman … Her growth and bravery as she awaited the news regarding the health of her unborn baby was astounding. I have witnessed her trust and the beauty of her gentle and quiet spirit unfurl .. like the most beautiful of flowers – revealing more beauty within. She who spent weeks in hospital enduring complete bed rest – encouraged me .. and I am very thankful .. she uttered the word ‘Surrender’.. she had surrendered to where God had her placed at this very moment of her life, seeing and believing that she could still allow God to use her while she lay in that hospital bed .. She had surrendered to His plans .. trusting that He was in control .. and although I am sure not every day was an easy walk to do that – yet she chose to continue in faith.
‘H’ prayed for others, called others – and encouraged those around her (including me) .. amidst her own trial.. What a blessing !
What I am trying to say is this .. life isn’t an easy road for any of us. We all have trials and imperfections that aren’t always obvious to others .. Yet I am convinced that we need to keep trusting God and walking in His ways .. because He can use us to encourage others no matter what our circumstances are .. if we allow Him to 🙂
6-8 That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we’ll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming.
2 Corinthians 5:7 The Message (MSG)