Good Morning! – An unexpected and unplanned blog.
This week for me began with high hopes and a positive attitude and Joy and Strength of God propelled me forward.
Grateful for healing and for past valleys I set out looking forward to gentle ongoing recovery and ‘life’. Not to be. I had a medical check up – all fine – and a Pneumonia and Flu injection. Also blood samples taken at request of my Eye specialist. My arm became hot, heavy and swollen during the night . I also had an injection in my eye the next day so midway through the week found me with a heavy useless left arm and difficulty ‘seeing’ through the right eye. This was not conducive to the JOY of God being my strength.
Then I revisited my doctor. She was so kind, and sympathetic and voiced my own inner thought…….not fair! not fair! More silly stuff yet in no way (gratitude to God..life threatening).
Inside Grumpy, Grouchy emerged but when the Doctor gave me a hug and compassionately said ‘You are still smiling, Darling. What an encouragement you are to me.” a lot of ‘self-focus’ disintegrated. What a sham! Smiling on the outside but wanting to smash something on the inside. That’s Grace!
Then, one by one other gentle images of Grace occurred. At the clinic where David had to go for a physio appointment, there was a huge picture on the front desk. A baby kangaroo was carefully opening its mother’s pouch before climbing back inside. The expressions on both baby and mother were so realistic and tender, I was heart stirred.
On the back wall was a sign …..’Please only bring JOY when you visit here’. I looked at the receptionist and she gave me a ‘thumbs’ up when I said to her……’The joy of the Lord is our Strength’. To have a faith connection in that place was a real Gift of Grace and I returned home to sitting with an arm wrapped in a frozen block, wearing sunglasses and praying for our granddaughter who had been admitted to hospital with appendicitis.
Not the week I had imagined and I feel for so many of you – It has probably been similar. My prayer then for us all is that we will simply one foot at a time go ‘onwards’ ever looking ‘upwards’ for future Hope.
Blessings! and Peace! to each one.