It always seems that God speaks to me pretty harshly when I am having a tough time emotionally. He’s truly the father who basically says, “Seriously? You have it so good. You need to GET OVER YOURSELF!”
Last week in a nearby community a man approached a 14 year old boy on the greenway and then forced the boy into the woods and sexually assaulted him. Our two boys are 14, so this hit very close to home. It also forced some incredibly uncomfortable (but necessary) conversations with the boys.
And I give my boys a hard time for turning all the lights on in the house when they are home alone?
Yesterday, I learned about an old neighbor of mine whose 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia two days ago. She was admitted in the hospital yesterday and had a spinal tap (which thankfully had no Leukemia present) and had a port put into place today. Her mother has been posting for the past three days on Caring Bridge and I am in awe over her calm grace. I envision myself in the same situation like someone being ejected from a bar – screaming inaudibly while they carry me out kicking and scratching and clawing at the doorway.
Yet her child has cancer.
And I’m struggling with the annoying fact that my boys hit every beam and ceiling in my house with their dirty, nasty fingers.
Tonight I have also been inundated with prayer requests for a friend of a friend on Facebook whose fifteen year old son fell off a boat earlier today with friends and has not been found. It’s dark. The search is still on. His parents have no answers.
And I’m upset that my son lost his library book?
Everything in life is about perspective. I have always heard that if we get everyone to throw all of our problems into a pile, then we would want to grab our own problems back. And that’s true! We may THINK that we have it so bad, but then we realize that comparatively speaking, we don’t have it so bad after all….
I am praying for numerous people who are in need of prayers tonight… and it has made me realize more than every that I am so incredibly blessed. It’s all about perspective.