The noise of a chainsaw interrupted my morning cup of coffee. Standing to my feet, I walked to my living room window and looked outside. Two men were busy trimming a tree across the street in my neighbor’s yard. After a few minutes, I returned to my waiting soy latte.
Later that morning, I went to investigate how the trimming was coming along. “Oh no!” my thoughts screamed. “It is gone!” Standing in shock, I looked out to the empty place where my favorite tree once stood. Grief entered my heart. Gone was the hope of ever hearing the soft rustling sound of the silvery green leaves gently blowing in the wind.
Feeling the breeze while hearing the sweet song of the Cottonwood leaves had always reminded me of sitting on a warm beach while listening to the sounds of a gentle ocean. My body had relaxed so many times while enjoying this melodic tree. Now it was gone, never to return.
My health had been like this Cottonwood tree, suddenly disappearing as if it had never existed. Gone was my faithful constant companion–the one I took for granted. Somehow, I thought it would always just remain with me.
Emotional and physical pain took the place of good health, and soon I realized how I was never in control of my health leaving. Soon, frustrated anger robbed me of joy. Identifying this robber, I determined to let go of negative thinking, releasing the “why me” of suffering, and instead looking for blessings in my life.
Forcing my mind to thankfully appreciate was not easy at first. It was unnatural for my negative attitude to be surrounded by a thankful heart, yet soon my mind started remembering activities which I had enjoyed while living in a healthy body. I started seeing those times as gifts from God instead of what I lost.
Truthfully, God does not owe me perfect health, as it is a gift from His hand. I had the ability to live a freer physical life for many years due to excellent health. Through remembering this, I have found an understanding of health as a gift, along with a new attitude of gratitude.
Prayer: Thank you for each day, as it is a gift of Your hand. Strengthen me daily, so I can walk in thankfulness despite what the day or my body brings.
About the Author:
Cindy Pocapalia lives in with her husband and two children in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She loves her family, friends, and Jesus. Also, she delights in seeing how God works in and through her life and the lives of her believing friends. The desire of her heart is to bring His encouragement, hope, and truth to others.
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What things have you found through physical or emotional suffering, and how have you been helped by these revelations?