Sometimes, life moves along so smoothly. During those times, I coast through the days carefree and light-hearted. Viewing life through the lenses of its intricacies and beauty comes easily during these days. I ponder life. I journal. Life is good.
When the hard times descend, however, everything changes. It is then that I wrestle and battle and grapple for understanding. The struggles force an abrupt halt to life’s carryings on. These raw times peel away the layers of self-sufficiency that I so carefully construct.
Two years ago, our family went through a difficult time. Our son, Aaron, developed a 4″ blood clot, was in ICU, then needed surgery to remove a rib (really). He was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Johns Hopkins Hospital was incredible in the whole process. They recently did a video about Aaron’s story….
If you hear of a young athlete with shoulder soreness and a swollen arm, please share this video. It could make a huge difference in an early diagnosis and better recovery.
During Aaron’s diagnosis and surgery and recovery, our family was deeply blessed by the care of friends and family. The Lord prompted many people to come alongside us. Our church family surrounded us and handled needs that we did not even realize that we had. I was humbled and so deeply grateful.
After coming through the immediate medical crisis, I found that the Lord had met me in my struggles. He brought a fertile time of reflection and gratitude. If only, I could maintain this attitude at all times! Since Aaron’s surgery, I have sought to be more aware of God’s presence and His gifts…even in the midst of struggles.
Through it all, I have found that God is good. All the time.
Do your thoughts and reflections change depending on the condition of the day? I’d love to know how you ponder the days of struggles and the days of calm.