The bumps in the road have been many, but they fail in comparison to the countless moments that have taken our breaths away. I know it sounds crazy, but I almost look forward to the times life throws us for a curve. Because I know our God loves to bless His children, and every struggle we walk through hand-n-hand, a blessing awaits us on the other side. And many times, just like right now, we are smack-dab in the middle of a trial, yet we don’t even notice it, because the Lord is shielding us, and sprinkling us with little blessings just to remind us He is here.
July 4th couldn’t have been more perfect. From the moment Janice mentioned the idea of going to see the Braves play and watch the fireworks show afterwards I knew it would be a special night. God gave me the foresight to check the weather, and I saw it was 60% chance of rain. So I went Saturday morning and bought us a couple of ponchos to take with us; little did I know at the time, they would save that magical moment at the end. Throughout the game the weather was nice; just cloudy enough to keep things cooled off. Then, just as the game ended we felt a few drops of rain. But, it only remained a drizzle until the fireworks show started, then it started coming down. But it didn’t bother us, we just put our ponchos on, sat back, and just looked on at the spectacular event. It was simply a perfect ending to a blessing we knew was from the Lord.
Now we head into another week knowing it will likely end in more hard times for my Angel. We fly back to the Cancer Treatment Center on Friday and chemo again on Saturday. But, the good part is Janice is feeling stronger than ever. Her appetite is better than it has been since this whole thing started at the first of the year. So I am really expecting a much quicker recovery this time.
Yes, our life has certainly been a never-ending roller coaster, full of ups and downs. But, whose life isn’t! It’s all in how we look at it. We can scream every time we hit a bump, or we can just throw our hands up in the air and enjoy the ride. A roller coaster is only scary if we get on the ride expecting it to frighten us. But when we get on the ride, knowing it can be scary, yet expect to have fun, that my friends is where the magic happens. What we have to understand is, while this life can be hard at times, it can also be amazing. All we have to do is trust in our God to get us through the difficult seasons, and expecting the promise given to us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” As for us, we will stand on the promises of God, and I pray you will too.
From my heart to yours!