Monday, June 20, 2011

HARD TIMES



It isn't easy to be brave when facing trials; not easy to pretend to be strong when your legs are threatening to give out...your heart too.
I know this because life has blown a huge hole in my comfort zone, forcing me to experience things I'd rather not face, forcing me to embrace change rather than run from it. Life,  being unpredictable, buckled me into a roller-coaster without even asking if I wanted to go for a ride.

  One minute I was feeling safe, secured, and  strongly rooted, and  the next moment found myself deep in quicksand.
It hurts! But know what?
I am allowing myself to cry, allowing myself to grieve for all that is being taken away from me.  But I'm reminding myself not to forget to embrace the good things in life, the things we too often take for granted.
 
What things? Things like the rising and setting of the sun, the dependability of God's love and His Word, the night-lights He turns on when the world's shades are pulled down to let us know He is there, should we need Him; the love gazing back at us in the eyes of those we love, or the laughter of our children and grandchildren, the smile from a stranger or the unexpected help we didn't expect to get?

I have to remind myself of all these things and more, in order to make it through a day sometimes. But always, even midst the darkest moments of my life I am comforted- knowing that each trial comes to its own end, and  no matter how much I am hurting, somewhere in the world, somebody is hurting much more than I am.
  
If you, like me, have been buckled into the roller-coaster without wanting to go for the ride, be brave. We are all much stronger than we believe ourselves to be. And as long as we keep the lantern of Hope going, we will do okay.

If you are, at least for today, having a great day (and I pray most of you are), than don't forget to count your blessings. Use the moments given you to create memories that will keep your rocky roads lit.

Thank you, guys & dolls for the prayers and good thoughts. I appreciate every one of them.





   
 

   

3 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have some hard times over the years but the dear Lord has always provided just what I need. Never do I get more than is needed but just like we pray for our Daily Bread, that is what has been given to me. I am always very thankful for it.
I often compare my life to that roller coaster ride too. We just have to hang on and enjoy it as we can. I hope your are doing better and will keep you in my prayers.

Rose said...

It seems my life has been on a wild roller coaster for months now. The joys come and the daily trails hit. My large growing family is experiencing their own growing pains and of course I am included. I thank God for his grace to shield me and pull me up from my own self pity, for He is in charge and will always always see to it that we are protected no matter what. Just as ma says He tends to our needs daily, we must stay in today and not borrow trouble from tomorrow, but feel His love and hang in there. For he truly loves us and I love YOU!

Barb said...

Ah, sweet Rose. I am sorry I haven't gotten back to you on this. I haven't blogged for so long that I have overlooked lots of things that have been changed. I didn't realize how this comment section was set up.
Life is pretty much a roller coaster for everybody these days. But as you say, the Lord shields us and miraculously manages to keep us from falling into the old habit of self pity. I so praise him for that.
Take care of yourself. Love you so much. Hugs and more hugs.