Time got away from me yesterday and I didn’t post anything. It was one of those days when I simply packed too much into the day and I found myself mentally and physically exhausted. And there were lots of little “glitches” yesterday…customer service that wasn’t, tasks that couldn’t be completed as I’d planned, errands that had to be postponed, people who were irritating…however, I ended the day feeling a great sense of peace and gratitude. My ordinary little life is quite simple and manageable right now compared to some of the crisis situations I see around me or hear about through friends and family members.
Even the recent death of my father was a normal part of the cycle of life. He had lived a long full life and though the timing of his death was not what I expected, he had lived far longer than many male members of his family. I have mourned and will continue to do so, but I have been supported emotionally by friends who have gone through the same heartache. I also have the love and support of a big family. I know from experience that the whole affair could have been much worse.
And of course I know from experience that this may well be the “calm before the storm”. Life has its ups and downs. Mine has sometimes been fraught with drama and pain and even danger, but the calm periods have been wonderful reminders that nothing in life lasts forever. God prepares us and strengthens us if we are willing to listen to Him.
I pray today for those who are caring for elderly parents with dementia, for those who are in abusive relationships, those who are suffering tremendous physical or mental pain, those who have children with life-threatening diseases and conditions. My current challenges are insignificant by comparison. Perhaps that’s another reason why we have periods of peace and gratitude…so we can share it with others and be their support when they need it!