One year ago we said “Goodbye” to our mom. She was a sweet lady who faced whatever life threw at her with grace and grit. She navigated being a widow for ten years after losing the love of her life in 2006. While it’s something she never really wanted to do, she learned to lean on her three girls, especially when cancer made it’s appearance in 2014. I appreciate the memory of her spunk and positive attitude. She was genuinely interested in the lives of the people around her.
It’s not always easy to navigate the needs of elderly parents, and my sisters were great at offering respite, support, and encouragement. I’m so grateful for them! As this anniversary of her passing approached, memories of how they (and their families) showed love to my mom and to me have come to mind! Our parents would be proud!
They’d also like it that we have a “sister trip” planned for this summer. It’ll be time to reminisce, to be silly together, and time to look forward to what life has in store. We know from our mom how to face whatever it is with spunk and grit!
I have no sense of direction and rely on my GPS often. Jim spent years on the road (pre GPS technology) and never thinks of such helps.
We were going on a date to see a friend in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” playing in a small town not to far from where we live.
“Do you know how to get there?” I asked. “I don’t know where the theater is,” was the reply. I grabbed the GPS out of my car and plugged it in to our chariot and got ready for a night on the town! As we backed out of the driveway “Gwhen” (if it’s a silent “g” it’s “when” as in “when will we be there?!”) started giving directions. Impatiently, Jim said, “Can you turn that thing off? I don’t want to listen to her! I know how to get to Jonesville and just need to know where we’re going when we get there!”
When we approached Jonesville, Gwhen helped us find the theater. We enjoyed the play, and my friend turned in a super performance. A delightful date night!
The next morning in my devotions, I read Psalm 119: 1-8
You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.
It hit me! Do I say, “I don’t want to listen to you now! I know how to get where I’m going! I just need you at the end!” Just as Jim didn’t want to listen to directions to help us get to our destination, I sometimes don’t want to listen to God’s promptings and challenges for living my “today.” Perhaps “the end” isn’t the goal, but it’s the “getting there!”