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Thursday, March 19, 2009

A quick thought from the host, but please check out the new GUEST POST above this

I have been upset this week. Some things are going on that have really got me distracted and burdened. I just want to share something that happened today that lifted my spirits for a moment, hoping that maybe the same thought could comfort you some day. Warning: it isn't a biblical thought (that I can think of) or very spiritual, but it speaks to the human state.

I have been consumed with a feeling of humiliation and frustration over an "incident" and a miscarriage of justice regarding it. There seems to be no good way to find relief from the result. I think through it and try to find a way that I can remedy my frustration and there is none. People just fail. People are no good. People dissapoint. I can't change it. That is the same thing I have been learning all my life. Why does it surprise me now?

I was standing in a Rite-Aid thinking again about the situation and feeling the frustration of it and this old old lady in front of me says to the clerk very feebly, "The sunshine is just lovely."
It struck me: the comfort. I always find this bit of human comfort when I am reminded of it: (tell me if you see this too)

I will be old some day and none of this will matter. I will just be thankful and consumed with the understated joy over little things like "sunshine."

Is that weird?

22 Comments:

  • I am sorry you are burdened, Rose. I am grateful that this woman altered the focus, if even for a moment. It's a good lesson to share with us. Thank you!

    By Blogger Missy, at 3/19/2009 6:05 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Thon wee granny was right. The sunshine is just lovely. It is lovely because it is sent by God - on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45)

    Furthermore (while we're here) it reminds us of the Sun of Righteousness who arises with healings in His wings. And thon bit about the Righteousness casts its rays upon your obviously somewhat disappointing court case.

    Regards,

    By Blogger Colin Maxwell, at 3/19/2009 6:07 PM  

  • Sometimes it is just the simple things that bring us back to the big picture!

    :) the sun shines brighter over here . . . .where God is Love (:

    By Blogger alvin, at 3/19/2009 6:16 PM  

  • thanks, friends.

    Colin, I never said I was dissapoitned about the court matter. You think you can put 2 and 2 together, huh?

    Thanks for the scripture - you showed me that part of it was a biblical thought. What about the part about "someday I will be old and none of this will matter to me"?

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/19/2009 6:54 PM  

  • Well those unjust people who were "passed over" better enjoy the sun why they have it, eat drink and be marry for tomorrow they may be where there is no sun at all.

    alvin :)

    By Blogger alvin, at 3/19/2009 8:02 PM  

  • Sorry Rose, I'm a fisty old bare when it comes to where the Son doesn't shine! We know who the one is who is blocking the Son
    , lest the glorius light should shine on them . . . amen and amen :)

    put me in a room with myself and I would have a debate . . .heehee

    By Blogger alvin, at 3/19/2009 8:37 PM  

  • Rose,

    I enjoy visiting your blog. No - I don't think that situation is weird. I recall 2 or 3 situations similar. I'd over analyze and think this was contradicting the teaching of people not getting individual revelation, etc etc. But maybe these are ways that the Lord, who knows the number of the hair on our head, and values us more than sparrows, and certainly knows what makes us "tick" at any moment, can use a circumstance to remind us of his care for us in those really "down" times.

    I was happy to see Chris Skinner providing a guest post. I found his blog while back (from a post in your blog, I think). I like reading his articles.

    Sincerely,
    Bill H.

    By Blogger Bill_H, at 3/19/2009 10:02 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    No.... your thought aren't weird at all. They are very normal.

    One thing I always remind myself is that even on cloudy days the sun is still shining and the birds are still singing.... just above the clouds!
    :-)

    Keep enjoying the Lord each day because He is enjoying you!!!

    By Blogger Diane, at 3/19/2009 11:55 PM  

  • Did you notice Diane always brings the Son with her, and spreads Him all around even on Ugly ones like me! What's with that?

    Ugly :~}*{~:

    By Blogger alvin, at 3/20/2009 12:41 AM  

  • Good morning Rose,

    You must admit that I had plenty of room to put 2+2 together :o)

    You spoke earlier about spending a whole day in court and the liklhood of spending another and then later you relate to a miscarriage of justice.

    Re: "Someday I will be old and none of this will matter to me"? The safe answer is: It all depends what none of this is. I would hazard a guess and say that it is on a need to know basis.


    Regards,

    By Blogger Colin Maxwell, at 3/20/2009 2:55 AM  

  • Colin,
    My mother always used ot tell me I was like an "open book" - that everyone cn always tell what is going on with me. I guess I never really have changed.

    Well, since I stupidly let 2 and 2 out into this public realm of readability... I s'pose it would be better to say what the nature of the thing is so that I don't get gossiped about as if I am going through a divorce or something like that. Better not let anyone draw any of their own conclusions! It was regarding a personal injury to my son. and we won, but we didn't win. really contradictory and unbelievablly unexpected the way it came out.

    I know people go through a lot worse thigns than this, so I apologize for feeling so sorry for my own family right in front of you all.

    I do hope that Jim's back is getting better and I also pray for Sheelagh.

    Thanks for caring, you all.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/20/2009 12:15 PM  

  • Bill H! Thanks for visiting here. I appreciate your comment very much. Have we met before? I am getting old and my memory fails me soemtimes, lol.

    Diane,
    thanks for your very kind words.

    Missy, Alvin,
    I appreciate you both very much.

    I am going to move that guest post to the top now. I still have a few more guest posts to post. All in due time.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/20/2009 12:18 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    I must admit I didn't think that you were in the middle of a divorce settlement. I mean, the blogging fraternity that hangs around here haven't had a chance to debate that one yet :0)

    Regards,

    By Blogger Colin Maxwell, at 3/20/2009 5:52 PM  

  • Rose,

    I don't recall meeting you or your family. I see Dr. David Rockwell is at your church (Emmanuel Baptist in Toledo). My wife and I knew him when we were at Baptist Bible College in PA in the early/mid '80's. He was my wife's faculty advisor - we've always thought very highly of him. Also - certainly no need to apologize for feeling sorry for family situations that are burdensome, regardless of what they are.

    Sincerely,
    Bill

    By Blogger Bill_H, at 3/20/2009 7:58 PM  

  • Hi Bill,
    What I meant was have I ever "met" you on the blogs? :~)
    Dr. Rockwell is a great guy! I work at the church so I have gotten to know him better and I love him. A lot of people in our circles have gone to BBC, including my husband John's brother, Don Cole, who also knew Dr. Rockwell there. Small world.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/21/2009 8:05 AM  

  • Colin,
    I know you know better than to have thought that.
    It was kind of an exaggeration for my point: I know that there is a 'lurker' here that likes to gossip and I wouldn't be surprised if that person "drew their own conclusions."

    I should just keep more things to myself like my mother always told me. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 3/21/2009 8:08 AM  

  • Hi Rose,

    I think it is the drawbacks of blogging. My wife tells me that I write too much on line. I suppose if the "authorities" wanted to find me - they would start looking in the second hand book shops. At times, I seem to talk about little else. They could leave a good book on a shelf going for a couple of euro and wait until I find it. In fact, they could probably plaster it into the wall and I'd still find it. (Yet to be proved, but I'm confident)

    Fair fa' ye!

    By Blogger Colin Maxwell, at 3/21/2009 8:16 AM  

  • "I know that there is a 'lurker' here that likes to gossip and I wouldn't be surprised if that person "drew their own conclusions."

    Sis I'd never! ;-)

    Prayers here.

    By Blogger Kc, at 3/21/2009 11:05 AM  

  • Hi Rose

    We do have a stalker here and we all know who his name is.

    He isn't any different then one who is outside your window at night looking to do harm (psychological)

    He believes he is a knight in white defending the Church

    but, he doesn't even know what the Church is

    Were not all believers here gathered around the Lord’s supper

    but, anyone can come here with their beliefs and defend them

    This man is not coming in Jesus Spirit,

    But in the one who is filled with violence

    Ugly :~}

    By Blogger alvin, at 3/22/2009 1:34 PM  

  • I am sorry about the frustration Rose.. happy that you had ears to hear in the Rite-Aid.

    Hope your week is a great one!

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 3/22/2009 4:36 PM  

  • Hope you are feeling better Rose. We all love you and your blog! Please come back when you're rested! We need you!!

    By Blogger goe, at 3/23/2009 11:38 AM  

  • I am old and glad to see the sunshine even though I stood as you were 4 years ago when I felt so burdened and full of sorrow.
    Age is no respecter of persons nor is it kind but the sunshine warms and eases the burdens that life throws at you. Do you know what I am thankful for? the love of Christ that shines through to the very soul. Looking back I am thankful that the Lord saw me through it all, and He still does.
    Love your Blog

    By Blogger keeping the faith, at 3/24/2009 4:37 PM  

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