Have you ever stopped to wonder why some lives seem riddled with sadness and even tragedy….
While others seem to float through life with hardly a care in the world?
I was quite young when I started to become of aware of the fact that life was not EQUAL for everyone.
I noticed that there were a lot of people in my little world who had one tragic experience after another. It seemed their entire life was full of grief and despair.
These people seemed to barely have the strength to get through the day.
They were sad, withdrawn and sullen all the time.
While there were other people who also suffered through painful experiences seemed to emerge from the experience somehow stronger and more determined to make a difference in the world.
I believe we have total control over how we respond to things that happen to us.
We can choose to remain a victim or, after we have worked through our grief, we can decide to come out swinging.
I have had my fair share of sadness in my life – some from mistakes I’ve made, others from mistakes others have made.
I find it completely astounding that those mistakes and the pain have given me purpose and direction.
I don’t know why bad things happen to people.
BUT… I DO know what you can do about it!
Don’t allow yourself to stay stuck in the ‘victim’ mode.
Get out there and fight!
Yesterday, I got one of those calls we all dread.
My mom was hysterical on the other end of the phone as she explained that my dad woke up that morning and could not walk.
(He suffered three strokes last year, so she was worried that he was having another one.)
I called 911, and got help on its way as I drove to their house from work as fast as I could.
When we got to the hospital, we found out that it was not a stroke.
After reviewing my dads CT Scan,The Doctor is worried that Dad might have lymphoma.
And that is what is causing the added pressure and pain on his back.
I spent the night pleading with the Lord to ease my Dads pain.
I put his life in the Lords hands and promised to trust in His plan for my Dad, NO MATTER WHAT.
At this point none of us know what the future holds for him, we might still have many years left with him, or our time may be very limited.
I realized that all of the tragedies that I have had to face and overcome in my life have been there to prepare me for this moment.
The moment when I am having to face my dads mortality.
My dad is my world.
He is my Hero.
He is my best friend.
He is my ROCK.
How do you even begin to prepare to say goodbye to someone that means the world to you?
I guess I will do it the very same way I have handled all of the sad moments in my life…
I will put my trust in the Lord and His perfect plan for our lives, and then carry on One breath at a time.
I will cherish and treasure each and every minute I had with my dad.
And that is how I will face my biggest fear in life.
I would appreciate any prayers on my dads behalf.