Life ain't easy, is it? And that's especially true for caregivers and carees of all ages, stripes, and philosophies – including those of us in the Sandwich Generation. This photo makes me think of life. In it, you can see my senior mom's butterfly bush – with lovely pink blooms, but also dead ones. You can see green grass, but mixed with some weeds. You can see some of this year's sunflowers – the ones in the ground are NOT doing at all well this year. Happily, the ones in the pots (not in the picture) are doing splendiferous – making her and the grandkids very happy!
Life is full of death AND life, flowers AND thorns, good days AND bad days, joy and sorrow…just like this photo reflects. Praise God, He is more powerful than any of the negatives. And because of that, we can truly choose to say (and mean) with the psalmist,
I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my supplications
Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
In the midst of the continual battle with the weeds and thorns and dead blossoms cluttering my life, I see God working in me and in my beloveds. I continue to call upon Him and He continues to lead and guide me directly and definitively. What a sweet joy in the midst of good days and bad!
How about you? What Scripture has spoken to your heart today – blessing you with a "hug from God?" We'd love to hear it as well!
P.S. I shot this photo while outside with the grandkids, having a grand time with waterplay – including a fun new idea you can read about at ???, as well as getting to join in the fun of the "Where Bloggers Create" blog party! Do pop over, won't you?