The last two years have been pretty hard on us. We had the worst Winter I’ve seen since I moved to this beautiful rural town in 2007. With that weather came an onslaught of problems that we didn’t expect. Beside more emergency room visits for Rich, I was diagnosed with several other problems too and just recently Rich’s mom passed away leaving many broken hearts behind.
Thankfully the car never broke down like the dryer and freezer on the refrigerator did, causing us to have to hang clothes around the house wherever we could find a place, and buying bags of ice every two days to keep our frozen goods from thawing, until we could save a few dollars to buy a freezer.
Yet, we are people who have been through many trials in our lives, often doing with less than most people but always making it through. I learned a long time ago that complaining about your circumstances only make them seem insurmountable and have often reminded myself that no matter what I am going through, there are those going through something worse.
I’ve gained strength, patience and knowledge through all the trials in my life. Through everything it comes down to one final thought: God is in control and he has my back, all will be well at some point in time. It is my hope that my attitude, the way I talk, and the things I do or have done will bring someone to Christ or bring closer to him those who have strayed.
I love to walk out on the back deck early in the morning before it gets so hot you can fry an egg on the hood of the car. The sky is crystal clear, the sun is shining brightly and there is a gentle breeze. If it’s around 7:00, the Baptist church bells ring out a hymn and it reminds me that I belong to the Risen Lord
Missy, the stray that adopted us starts mewing from wherever she is at as soon as she sees me. She wants to make sure I feed her and pet her before I go back in. Sometimes we have long conversations, where I do the talking, she mews a little, and squirms into different positions to make sure I have petted her all over.
The squirrel in the neighbors back yard, sits on the fence and watches us. At other times the cardinals or doves fly down to the railing for a minute, as if to say, we are here too “Good morning”. In the evening, the possum makes it’s tour around the fence line, over to the garage, stopping just for a moment to look up at us before running into the garage because Missy wants to play with her and she isn’t in the mood.
The Robins and Doves over on the Radio Station Hill sit on top of the lines, looking down as we do our laps as if they were our protectors, there to signal us if something isn’t right. The butterflies and dragonflies fly back and forth, landing in the grass near us and have at times actually landed on me as if to say “we want to be your friends too”.
The flowers, the trees, the natural ponds, lakes and streams and even the grass are all part of the natural beauty that the Lord created for our pleasure and enjoyment. I’d much rather be walking down a woodsy path than through any mall in the world. It’s these little blessings, the nature, the love, the kindness of people that matter more than anything else.
Job 12 :7-10 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.