When forced by life to: STOP!

Good Morning!

          Mid-week thoughts on life’s ever-changing  journey.

Tree across road, 27 Nov 2017

We knew so well our plans and goaling for our day.   David in recovery mode still had a catheter attached.   How happy we felt as we journeyed forth. I was delivering five copies of my Meditation Book PEACE to the local Bookstore.    David’s doctor’s  appointment was early, our hopes for what we ‘expected’ in the day were clear-cut and uncomplicated.

The fallen tree was positioned so perfectly across the roadway, that there was no way around and it was too heavy for us to lift.   We had to STOP.  In 34 years on our property this had never happened before.  We were only a couple of hundred metres from the main road.   (Isn’t this a true indication of what can occur in many people’s lives at any time and under all sorts of circumstances.   We have no alternative.    We must stop.   We must reassess. (How we go forward is always determined by our individual circumstances).   For many the detour brings many incredible life surprises.   For others the season of stopping may be for recovery of what is more important than the perceived direction.

Being in a hollow, our mobile phone reception was non-existent or an occasional flickering bar.        I set out on foot to contact our nearest neighbour……..It was reasonably rough terrain and took a bit of effort (about a kilometer to the top house).  No one was home.     The barking dogs were indicative of the neighbour’s absence.   At first, fierce and protective and then with tails wagging they told me it was good to have a visitor!      I struggled back to the car.

David meantime had managed to get a text message off to our daughter who works 300 kilometers away in Bundaberg..   She did not have access to phone numbers or details of local folk so phoned the Wolvi School.     The school had records of all help facilities. (We also have full details of all help facilities but on this day they were all recorded on the house phone at the house and the brief text facility only had phone numbers without text access).    We had to WAIT.    No emergency.  Just a WAITING TIME.    When I thought about the Meditation Books in my bag we both laughed.   We certainly were tested as we chose to wait in PEACE. and enjoy the quiet serenity of the bush around us.

Rescued by the Wolvi Rural Fire Brigade, 27 Nov 2017Help  arrived.   Rural Fire Brigade.   Everything in our day was scrambled.   We were late everywhere but in some strange way…….This day will be remembered more for the people we connected with, the new friends we came to know and by going in ‘later’ there was completely gone the sense of ‘what had to be done’.   We simply flowed with what we were able to do. Thankfulness will ever flow in our hearts.   Bill from the Rural Fire Brigade not only moved the tree but cleared all the debris and was helpful in every way.   We now have one emergency text message local contact.(straight to Bill)     We love our life here but do understand its limitation when you are older and less physically able.

To all of you.      May you find Peace on your journey and the joy of ‘connection’ in the detours. (Test results from David’s cancer scare show he has had an almost ‘miraculous’ clearance of an unusual but fully contained tumour.    Now it is the ongoing of the lingering side effects BUT one day at a time.    Thankfulness for prayers.    Ongoing Grace.

Live your Life and let your individual Spark of Light blaze into a Light of HOPE for others.

A  great finish to this week.




About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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3 Responses to When forced by life to: STOP!

  1. judyjourneys says:

    Faye, this post was a blessing to me. Thank you.

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  2. oneta hayes says:

    Peace in th unexpected. It could have been frustrating instead. You turned it to a welcomed dtour.

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  3. Dawn Marie says:

    Prayers of gratitude for the wonderful medical report! Thank you for sharing the beauty which is often hidden in the unexpected surprises of our lives, and how obstacles can sometimes be the bridges that bring us to grace. HUGS!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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