I don’t know what it is like in your part of the United States, but here in western Kansas we celebrate Groundhog Day with meals fit for a king! Many churches and smaller communities have what is called a “Groundhog Supper”, and for a small price you can get a wonderful meal. This meal always includes a sausage patty, sauerkraut, homemade biscuits and gravy. Having grown up here, I experienced firsthand how great these homemade meals can be.
This last week I had to go for a doctor’s visit out of town. Our youngest daughter was going to drive my husband and I to the appointment. Because we were going to be home late, our daughter had her two sons stay at their aunt’s house after school until we got home. Their aunt took them to a Groundhog Supper put on by a local church. Soon we received a phone call, and after quite a lengthy conversation, a story unfolded.
It seems that after sitting the children down with their groundhog supper plates, our oldest grandson proceeded to tell everyone that he was not going to eat this food! And furthermore, no one could make him eat it!
I am sure you can put two and two together. He wasn’t going to eat anything that looked like the animal we had watched on television the week before. You know, that cute furry creature they hold up in the air to show the world, looks like it’s related to a beaver, and has to see it’s shadow! There was absolutely no convincing this boy that it was sausage!
I think that often we as chronically ill people think like my grandson did. After the many doctor visits and unexplained changes happening to our bodies, we close ourselves to trust. The trust that is essential in our lives with Jesus Christ. The trust that is essential to healing mentally as well as physically.
Many of us know that our bodies may be beyond repair, but with trust and belief in the Lord, our minds can get us through anything. “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:20)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, be with us through this day and give us strength through trust in You. “I will trust and not be afraid.” (Isaiah 12:2)
About the Author:
Nancy Carr is from western Kansas and has retired due to degenerative disc disease and Fibromyalgia. Strength from our Lord has kept her going through many difficult days. Her husband is in the last stage of Parkinsons disease.