After a year of the steady decline of my health, then to see my health rapidly improve, you would think I’d be jumping up and down for joy, and to some extent I am. But at the same time I find myself in a sort of post-distress state of mind where my temper is short, my patience is gone, and my tolerance for problems is non-existent.
I don’t know if it is the fact that I’m still dealing with the chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, or if it is that all the stress that piled on during the worst of my health crises has finally caught up to me, but I find myself trying to work through anger and stress issues that I did not see coming. I expected anything after what I went through last year to be a cake walk.
Life is never exactly what we expect it to be. We convince ourselves that if we could only get through this thing, or get over that thing, or take hold of the goal just beyond our reach, that somehow life would be incredibly better and that we would be free of distress.
I keep coming back to the idea that in this life we are always “in school,” forever learning and growing. I’ve also wondered if those who are taken home to be with the Lord have passed the test in some way, and were ready to graduate to heaven.
I fear I may live to be a very old man before I learn all the lessons this life has to teach me. I just pray I don’t become a cranky old grouch bowed beneath the distress of life on my way to “graduation.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, this life gives us much distress, help us to find your peace and grace to lead us on to our graduation. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is trying to walk in God’s grace through life’s afflictions.
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Do you sometimes find yourself tripped up by the small things in life? Do you easily get frustrated and angry when new problems confront you?