Monday, June 13, 2011
Virus! That is a word to send fear into every mother's heart. And believe me, it doesn't even matter how old your children are, it is still a hard time for everybody! Every one of my children have been sick in the past three weeks. They ended up very ill, missed school, went to the doctor, got well, got sick again. It has seemed to last forever and been nearly unending. Then add more allergies on top of that, and we have just had way too much fun! We are all sick and tired of being sick and tired!!
Just when I thought I was finally getting through with the dreaded mountain virus, I came down with it myself. Got sick, went to the doctor, got a shot, got sick again, went to the doctor, got antibiotics. Why is it that I have to get whatever they have had with a vengeance! I am still feeling tired, but finally getting better in spite of that.
Life can be so overwhelming sometimes. No matter how hard we try, there is always more going on than we planned. There is always something happening to cause us to sit up and take notice. Something that throws us for a loop and keeps us on our toes.
No matter how carefully I plan, it seems as if there is something to cause plans to be broken, changes to happen, life to move on. I have discovered that a large part of my life is spent dealing with change. It is up to me to decide how I am going to deal with all the change. There are many different types of change: Good or bad, happy or sad, sudden or gradual, trivial or earth shaking. There are so many different types of changes and so many different ways of coping. Since many aspects of change are beyond our control, our approach isn't so much how to avoid them as how to cope with them. We have to develop patience and tenacity to endure the changes that will come to each of us in our lives. I have learned that adversities in this life aren't a reason for discouragement and despair. Rather, when the storms of change start to howl, the Lord's people wrap their faith tightly around them. They turn their hearts toward Him and trust Him that He will help them endure the changes.
"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress." Bruce Barton
"Always remember that the future comes one day at a time." Dean Acheson