I turn 20 next month. That seems somewhat bizarre. Saying goodbye to my teens. Looking back over what I’ve accomplished up until now though makes me smile. Bring on the next 20 is all I can say really!
My thoughts of the day (yes I have thoughts) are really about how blessed we should all be despite our circumstances at times. I have always tried to look at what I am grateful for in the midst of my suffering. For example: I don’t live in a warzone, I have a roof over my head, access to clean water and food, I can walk, talk, sing (badly)… I have a family and great friends, I have 5 senses (still searching for my 6th sense)… simple things like just being able to go for a walk in the country and get away from it all to being able to be well enough to have seen some of the world outside of my little market town. My title of this post is quite literally taking a messy situation (whatever challenge you might be facing in your lives) and turn it into a message and demonstrate the positives that can be overflowing in times of difficulty.
One inspirational person to me is Joni Eareckson Tada who is a quadraplegic, paralysed from the shoulders down. She has to have one on one help for the rest of her life in the simplest of tasks. She can’t roll over in bed at night. She can’t dress herself. She has had thoughts of suicide and wondered how could God have permitted this to her. However, through her experiences she has been able to reach out in love to others worldwide, especially those with disabilities. As I have a sister who has cerebral palsy and a dear friend with dystonia, I take comfort from her ministry and that even in hopeless situations God is in the midst of it all.
Take care and watch this space… I have a lot to say as always!!