Monday, November 21, 2011

Life or something like it...

Life isn't always fair and it sure as heck doesn't always go as planned.  Things happen, people change, and mistakes are made.  Of all the blessings and tragedies that make up this thing we call life, one thing remains a constant, no matter what, without any if, ands, or buts....that thing is God.

With God on your side, life does however, always go as it is supposed to.  I am a strong believer that everything in life happens for a reason.  I truly believe with every ounce of me that everything always works out the way it is supposed to.  And I think God's hand is in every little detail of life.  Could you imagine a life if you got everything you wanted?  Could you imagine a life where you didn't have to work hard for anything?  What about a life where you never had any heartache?  Sounds perfect, dontcha think?

While I know there is a lot more suffering that people have had to endure than I have, I still, along with all the wonderful blessings in my life, have had my share of heartache.  Who hasn't?  And while I would never wish my heartaches on anyone, hindsight 20/20 I wouldn't have had it any other way.  The things I have had to endure have made me the person I am today.  They have helped me to truly appreciate the little things in life and see things in a different light.  They have helped me strengthen my faith and trust in God.  I am not only a better wife, friend, & daughter, I am also a more compassionate physician because of the trials I have faced.

Going through trials and tribulations sure isn't fun, not even a little bit, and I can't reason my way through some of them no matter how hard I try. But, looking back now, the past sure makes a whole lot of sense. 

I know there are reasons for everything.  And as I get a little older, I am a tiny bit better at trying to figure out what the reasons are for certain life circumstances.  I know that I will eventually be thankful for certain heartaches and such, and I know that it will all make sense one of these days, but I tell you what, sometimes certain things in the present time just plain stink!  That is where faith in God comes in.  We have a saying hanging up on the wall in our house that says, "When life gets too hard to stand...kneel."  Prayer has gotten me through a lot these days and somehow even through rough times, my faith continues to get stronger. 

As Thanksgiving approaches I am reminded all too well of how much I have to be thankful for.  I am healthy, my family, friends, and dogs are healthy, and I have more blessings than I can count.  And I am so very thankful for a wonderful husband to have right by my side every step of the way.  This week, I hope that you will take time to count all your blessings and truly give thanks to the Great One Up Above for this wonderful thing called life.   

The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. Psalms 37:23-24.

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