I have felt, for some time, that our family is going through what I refer to as a “spiritual battle”. Those of you who are born again Christians will understand the reference, but to summarize, it is basically a battle that is going on in the spiritual realm between good and bad. I don’t have a real explanation for it, and it doesn’t mean that I’m any better/worse a Christian than anyone else, or any of that silly rubbish. It just… is part of being a Christian, I guess? Probably the more predominate time when I felt this way when my dad was sick with cancer. I haven’t felt comfortable sharing that particular story yet, but I will some day.
We have so so much going on right now. My back surgery and recovery is one thing, and the financial implications of being off work (which could be way worse than they are, thankfully!). My mom is having hip surgery this week as well, and that recovery will include its own unique set of circumstances. We are remodeling our living/family room, there are stresses at Phil’s work, vehicle issues… there are just “things” that are building up… other things I won’t mention here. But I know when the pressure is the greatest, breakthrough is right around the corner, AMEN! 🙂
Today, my mom and I were going to head out to get some things tied up for Kaitlyn’s birthday tomorrow. I was in the shower, and got a call from Phil… Kaitlyn had been in a car accident. My mom mode went into high gear, and I was at the crash site from my house in less than half an hour.
She is fine – just a sprained finger. The car?
Well, it had to be towed, and the adjuster will be out tomorrow to assess the damage.
But, who cares about that.
Life is so precious. I mean, really. Stop and think about it for a minute.
I started my day with a list of things to do in preparation for a celebration of the 17 years my daughter has had on this earth.
Instead, I could have ended up planning a funeral.
Life is so precious and we get so wrapped up in what we have to get done, and marking off lists, and getting to the next level and we don’t stop to just breathe and take in this moment. Because right now will never be here again, and if we don’t stop, and don’t just take that brief second, and we don’t get it back, and we miss it for good, what are we going to regret? I can guarantee you, it isn’t going to be what you didn’t mark off the list.
So, during this time of spiritual battle in our family’s life, I was given the most precious reminder this morning, that all of the stress, and frustration, and …. everything else that is being thrown at us right now means nothing because I am choosing NOT to take for granted what means most to me in this life.
And by the way? As my wise father would have made me, and her wise father made her… she got right back in the saddle…