Last week I wrote a blog about storms and the beauty and wonder of when the new day dawns. Since I wrote that entry I have been challenged by events that…, not major when you consider the violence and mayhem in the world, but events that hit me all at once like a STORM, and because lingering……lingering storms often beset us on our journey through life, I was inspired to write today.
Personally, I recovered from the time in hospital while away for three days. I returned home and then in a three day period it seemed like all sorts of stuff began to happen at once…financial, physical, emotional, spiritual, family, etc etc and I felt very, very, ill. (I’m sure this is only a virus) BUT…………back to hospital again for me. OK. What is my response? Too ill to care about all the encouraging and positive things, too ill to speak words of ‘life’ even into my own circumstances. Barely able to express life into the thinking of a couple of young doctors. One gently voiced the opinion that ‘when you get into your 70’s you’ve had a good innings’. He discovered that my dad died at 75. I am 74. When I told him he was shocked…’I did not know you were in your 70’s’ he responded.
What is the simple message I felt to write on this blog today.
Never underestimate the gentle words of encouragement you can give to another. These were the responses that have energised my current journey to full recovery.
‘I love you. I care about you. I am praying for you.’
Thank you sincerely to the ones who ‘kept it simple’ ‘kept it sincere’. Sometimes when the storm lingers it can become nearly impossible to pray yourself. You KNOW but you can’t think, voice or feel…You just are.
My suggestion then is this. When the storms linger ‘let go’ of what you CANT do. Perhaps do ONE thing you can and be grateful for the folk around you who will simply, love, care and PRAY.
This morning the pot plant at the back of the house was again flowering.
All I can therefore finish with today is…. Blessings and Grace abound! sometimes we just have to ‘let’ go of the personal storms…..Let others HOPE on our behalf for the New and Better Day.