It has been just over one month since my life took quite an unexpected turn, changing what I had envisioned as an amazing bucket list first trip outside of the US and Canada. 5 surgeries, 4 ambulance rides, 3 hospitals, 2 additional surgeries on the horizon, all from one slight loss of balance from the path I was on. I have experienced a vast array of emotions and have had a lot of introspection during this past month of looking at walls of hospital rooms.
The kindness and concern of people, from the closest of friends, to people I have never met in person is so very overwhelming. It’s incredibly humbling for someone who loves to help and serve others to be so helpless and to be on the receiving end of blessings when you need them most in your life.
”Be strong, and let your heart take courage all you who wait for the LORD!”
Psalm 31:24 ESV
I’ve had so many people tell me how strong and courageous I have been through this experience. I would be lying to you if I said that I have faced this without moments of “Why me?”, having some hard conversations with God, and days where I just was so tired of pushing through that I just want to cry and give up. You truly find out who and what is important to you during times like this to push and encourage you to stay strong and positive. Sometimes the best thing for a friend is to get in your face and tell it like it is in a loving way so that you cannot choose any other option but to be strong, keep the faith and push through.
”Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be encouraging each other and helping out not avoiding worshiping together as some do, but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25 MSG
Comforting and encouraging someone can come in many ways… Shepherdess, never be afraid to speak truth to your flock when they need it during hard circumstances.