I will have to apologize to Trish http://trishandrews.blogspot.com/ for swiping this post from her blog.
For sure and she is my sister, so she won't mind, eh?
This post has been such an encouragement to me and I know whoever reads it will be blessed by it too!
Dearest Trish.. I am dedicating this song to you!...Love Terry
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Lessons in the snow
Our weather is snowy and cold. Believe me, I am not complaining...I love the snow.
And this bitter cold that is upon us...Brrr! I am still not complaining...no, nope, nada, no siree bob! Ain't gonna do it.
We had to drop our car off at the dealership on Monday morning to have the brakes checked out. Everything was fine, nothing wrong. Thank the Lord!
But that's just the beginning of this story... what I need you to know is that it was not by chance when dropping off the car on Monday, that I spotted an elderly lady walking from McDonalds (next to dealership) with a super large carry out bag. The snow so deep after our weekend snowfall, that she had to walk in the ruts of the snow covered road, to make her way back to the Senior Apartments nearby. Oh, My soul cried out "thank you Lord, for this warm car I'm in." And "Bless her Lord" for judging by the size of that bag she is carrying, she is taking meals for several others, not just herself. What strength, what determination.
So, this afternoon, another snowy, cold and messy day. Tomer and I made our way back to the dealership to pick up the car. Not complaining! I am once again sitting in the parking lot and am waiting for my car. When I look up and just ahead, I see him. A middle aged man in a blaze orange stocking cap. He is making his way from that same McDonald's. But lo and behold...he is buzzing by in a motorized wheel chair! I am amazed, he cannot walk, it is snowing and our temperatures are in single digits. No, he is not letting it keep him in. He is living life. Wow!
I wonder if given the same circumstances, how I would react?
Would I get on with life...trudging through the drifts that pile up before me? Or...would I whine and complain...Poor, poor, pitiful me and stay stagnate, never growing?
I am so deeply touched by two people who have unknowingly crossed my path. They have left a profound impression. One that I pray God brings to mind everytime I even think about complaining.
Forgive me Lord? Oh, and bless me with just a little of their determination! And please extend my view...may my eyes be open to Your lessons in everyday life?
Simple lessons in the snow...I don't think so. It is proof that if we choose... we will continue to grow.
Love to all!