Saturday, October 10, 2009
Leave a trail for others to follow...
The past few weeks I've been thinking about stuff Chris and I have dealt with, lived through and grown through the pass 10 years or so. When we were first plunged, unwillingly I might note, into some of our trials, we felt like we were in the desert. Today, I can look back at the growth we've experienced and am actually thankful for those painful experiences. Even more so when I am seeing new possibilities opening up for others to benefit from our growth experiences. In may ways that makes the pain we endured worth every bit of it. Love that someone else will be able to stand on our shoulders and have their desert time cut short because of our experiences.
When Chris and I began dating, one of our major topics was the dissolution of my previous marriage. When I married, I had married for life. It became apparent that my former husband had different ideas and the only course of action was a divorce. I can remember the day I was listening to a radio program as I ironed my yellow skirt and I came face to face with the inevitable. I stomped my little foot and told God that if I had to do this then He better make sure that someone, somehow someway could benefit from my experience. He, in His grace and mercy has been faithful to do just that, many times. In my widest dreams I never imagined that my conversations with Chris would lead him to be able to help someone very close to me maneuver through a painful divorce.
Earlier this week a friend emailed with the news that she had an ultrasound, brought on because of a nasty fall off a ladder than put both wrists in casts for about 3 months. The ultrasound found an ovarian tumor, and she undergoes surgery on Wednesday. When this whole thing started with the falling off a ladder, she never imagined all the positive things that would come from that accident.
If I stop to think about it, this is the reason why I teach the Art of Hearing God. If my experiences can help someone avoid something I've done, or move them in some positive way because of my experiences, then all that I've endured, all that I have learned is so worth it.
What about you. What have you grown through that has turned out for the better, when you first thought it would kill you???