Many family and friends and well meaning folks ask me "why" all the latest trouble. I am on a continuous roller coaster of highs and lows which leaves me drained to no end. It is what it is. I try and mange the illness the best way possible, but "IT" is always a moving target. There is no simple answer to give. Acceptance of my reality is the best gift I can give to myself. This doesn't mean giving in or giving up trying to live the best life possible amidst the circumstances, it means having the faith to persevere along the rocky road. I love my life and desire to live it to the fullest for which God has purposed me.
Many lessons learned along the way as well as many gifts received are treasured indeed. As I said before, I am humbled and grateful.
I feel deep gratitude for another day to wake up, get up, and show up. I don't how far I will travel or what I will get accomplished, but I do know with the Lord's constant help and mercy, I will walk in faith and seize every opportunity to reach out and encourage someone who needs a little help.
I will close with a few insightful words of A.B. Simpson who wrote in my daily reflection book, Streams in the Desert.
"The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time our life is given back to us from such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much it is worth, and make more of it for God and man. The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others and fits us to help and sympathize with them... Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of that mighty ship give force that moves the piston, drives the engine, and propels that great vessel across the sea in the face of the winds and waves."
It is my hope and prayer for you that in your trials, both great and small, you will be able to navigate the stormy seas and stay aboard the mighty ship until it reaches the calm shores of peace.