It’s good to be back writing. As I have been “basking in the glow” of a quiet period of this cancer journey I have had time to reflect on how to live a fruitful life with the shadow of the valley looming at any time. Granted anything can happen to anyone at anytime. So, I don’t believe I am unique in that life can change at any time for anyone. However, when one faces the “storm” relative to their health everyday I find that controlling your thoughts, thinking positively, and living in the moment is critically important. Also, suddenly those things we thought were so important and meaningful take a back seat to what’s really important in life. For me, this is trying to balance putting in the time that is required of my job, yet taking time to “smell the roses” with Terry my wife, my kids, and of course, my precious Paisley Rae and Logan. (Logie)
I find that I can now “cry at the drop of a hat”, get emotional when watching movies with my family, and feel like I am more sensitive to people that are less fortunate than me. Life for me has changed even though much of it is not outward. I can tell you that inwardly I am at peace knowing that I am in the hands of the Almighty (as we all are whether we admit it or not), thankful that in my situation I am able to help others, but at the same time I am constantly feeling like I am on a ledge looking out over the valley like one would do while looking over the Grand Canyon—you know you are on solid ground, but there’s a feeling of vulnerability as you take in the awesomeness of the valley before you.
When I am sensing the valley or find myself in the middle of it all this is when I focus on the Lord….the firm foundation in my life. In fact, I feel compelled to share with you another one of my fav’s from scripture; Romans 8:13-17 “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
As Christians we are heirs of the Heavenly realm to come. This gives me great peace and assurance. There is no time of the year that this is more beautifully proclaimed than at Easter. Jesus has conquered sin, sorrow, and grief for us. We just need to be open to his invitation…….
Sending blessings and warm thoughts your way as you live out this wonderful journey we call life.
Craig (aka Papa G)