The below blog post is by a dear friend of mine.
To me she has been the poster mom for ‘Thriving Despite Difficult Circumstances’ since I met her fourteen years ago.
I watched through curious eyes and heart as she taught her eight exceptionally smart and sweet spirited children in her home. She managed to homeschool her kids while dealing with the considerable health needs of her two youngest children coupled with endless doctor appointments. All this while imparting to her children the most important lesson of all: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
Less than one year ago ‘Poster Mom’ experienced every mom’s worst nightmare, “upset just around the next bend.” I remember the moment I realized what she was saying from across the World Wide Web.
I went to my knees sobbing and praying on her behalf.
“No Lord, please no! Please don’t require this of her! I know life is not fair but this is too much. I don’t know how she handles her auto immune disease while caring for a son whose own auto immune diseases have threatened to take his life more times than I can remember. Her life has been difficult on so many levels and yet she doesn’t complain. She proclaims Your name and gives You glory. Please undo this for her. Show her a miracle—show her Your glory! ‘Lord, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known,’ (Hab. 3:2) I have seen You do it—please do it for her today.”
This is where Sovereignty met her trust and her love for Him.
Toward the end of last November(2013) we enjoyed a much-needed break from it all… this picture says so much. I’d arrived peacefully at the edge of something new after one rough and tumble road. A medical-season layered underneath Dan’s interim-head-year faded behind me. By October I’d resolved to welcome order into life. Finances, time, relationships. A complete turn-over. Thus, the feet…
This image summons back the tide, the grit under my feet, the soothing song of the waves, the quiet of complete solitude. My mind returns to that place… so liberated from today. So blissfully blind to the upset just around the next bend. And I hold the same peace today.
… even while the earth beneath me wears itself away with the tide…
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33