Often in life I have felt like a bowling ball was aimed at me… issues, grief and deaths or loss. Often I have been like a knocked out pin but could get up and STAND.

This past week has reminded me of a curve-ball the time when issues assail from all around,. Destabilization and uncertainty. Thank GOD He is ever stable and with us.

 The beginning of the week was fine, Dave and I with Char-Lee had a delightful day out with fish and chips overlooking the sea.

       We checked out a retirement village I surprised myself by being quite impressed by the place.    We knew it was time to make plans for our more senior years.

      I grieved at possible life changes and the need to sell this property that for 40 years has been our home and retreat.    We prayed for God’s Will in it all and I know I returned that evening more at PEACE in my heart. 

        Wednesday night Dave became unwell and looked white and ill.

            Thursday arrived.   This day for months had been ‘a longed for day.   Our loved granddaughter-  our late daughter Alison’s child – travelled from Tasmania for a brief few hours with us.  

        I sent her a text advising of her grandfather’s far from usual cheery self.

        As a nurse in training at University with practical units of experience of elderly people she insisted the visit was to go ahead.

         It   was an ABSOLUTE JOY to welcome her, and Char-Lee was ecstatic.

        Our grand-daughter    was concerned about her Pop and agreed with me he needed to seek medical  assistance,

       We enjoyed a lovely time together playing board games.   From the pinnacle of joy a curve ball of life suddenly hit me.

       Brief but dramatic I passed out.                  

       Apparently, Amara caught me and she and David assisted me to my armchair.   Everything settled quickly and the Ambulance Officers who came in response to Amara’s call checked us both out and determined that both of us were to be taken to hospital.  

      A normal day changed dramatically.   We had woken to golden sunshine and before long were together in a subdued hospital Emergency Room.    RAT test had been taken in the Ambulance and this was the next shock.  Dave tested positive to Covid.

     My test came back negative,  


     For me I was strapped to all the usual heart monitoring gismos and because  of our fully vaccinated  status with helpful tablets David was sent home and I waved goodbye and lay back fully restrained and monitored carefully for many hours.

    A decision had been made that I was to be  transferred by ambulance to my heart specialist’s hospital for a full checkup and for my pacemaker to be also c hecked.

       I was looked after very well in a warm room with  a comfortable bed, was told to rest and  wait for the ambulance. 

    I tried to sleep but at 11.30pm a doctor arrived and told me I had been discharged and was to go home by taxi immediately.

  A mid-afternoon 2nd RAT test showed I was a/symptomatic and could not go to the facility on the Coast.

     A taxi took me home and in the first minutes of Friday morning I was home in my own bed.

     No one had told me of the second test results.

      I felt like life was surrounded by a huge curve ball that   surrounded and kept trying  to knock us over.

           To GOD tonight I affirm that You  O Lord are ever with us and in us.

                          THANK YOU AND PRAISE YOU!

IT IS well1 IT IS well with our souls1 Now it is rest water and care of our mortal bodies.


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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2 Responses to LIFE’S CURVEBALLS

  1. Alan Kearns says:

    So glad to hear that you and David are on the way to recovery, it is clear that God’s hand was on you both.
    May He continue to guide, strengthen and bless you both each day 🙏


  2. These natural bodies will eventually fail us all. But Christ won the victory over sin and death. We can look forward to glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15: 43-44, 53).


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