The Fall of 2013 I sat in an examining room with my father-n-law and the rest of the family to only hear the words spoken; “we’ve done all that we can do” to this dear sweet man. At that moment with a tear in his eye but with a smile on his face, my father-n-law took his sweet wife by the hand and said; ” we have had a wonderful life.” He was giving thanks in the midst of a storm that would not calm down but in days to come would only pick up momentum.
Once the doctor left the examining room, the PA threw her arms around my husband’s father and said; “there is always hope. Hold on to hope.” With that she left the room and we all looked at one another as to what we needed to do next. You see, these doctors visits were usually followed up with lunch at Skyline Chili. Yet, it was a moment we had to choose to either choose hope, joy and seek our blessings or choose to go home and just curl up in hopes the world would just go away. This dear sweet man choose joy and hope. He announced we were still going to Skyline Chili and were going to enjoy being together as a family.
Each one of us will face a storm at some point and time. As I have said in previous writings, God didn’t promise us perfect days but he has promised us A perfect day when we accept his SON, Jesus into our lives. When facing the storms in life we have two choices. We can react or we can respond.
Reacting to a situation could lead to some not so good consequences in the long run. Out of our reacting, words can be said that should not really be said. The decisions we make may not be the best decision in the long wrong. Also, by reacting we choose to leave one important person out of the picture, God. Thus, we begin to stumble and causing what is an already stressful situation into an even more stressful situation.
Responding to a situation means stepping back and seeing the whole picture of what is happening. It is sitting down and talking to the Father about how to ride the storm before us out and asking him to walk with us. By choosing to respond we are choosing to seek the blessings despite the storm before us. We allow for grace to be at work in our lives and the light of God shine in our darkness.
Life is tough these days. There are days that are tougher than others. We live in a time where wrong seems to be right and when you try to do right you are considered to be wrong. It can make anyone to want to throw their hands up in the air and just simply give up. Yet, we know we must forge onward and forward. As followers of Christ, we know how the story ends and it is a beautiful ending.
My prayer for us today is this:
May we choose to respond and not react when faced with life’s storms. May we choose joy, hope and seek the blessings God has planned for us even on the toughest of days. Last but definitely not least, may we remember we have a Father who loves us and is walking with us. And, if it gets too tough, he will carry us. Remember, the imperfect days are preparing us for that PERFECT day.