Things are coming along here. My dad is slowly improving- thank you for your prayers! He is still living at our home, regaining his strength.
About every day there is either an RN (Registered Nurse), OT (Occupational Therapy), or PT (Physical Therapy) person here to work with him. Many of the OT and PT aspects are applicable to Lyme recovery- and I am challenged to be more disciplined again with my own PT exercises.
I'd been going to PT, but life happens and I've not been able to get back to it. Meanwhile- I am doing his exercises along with him, and it is nice to have someone to do them with.
Here is a picture I took on my way out to the mailbox yesterday- what do you see there? What is your first thought of this fall scene? Does it represent to you an ending, or a beginning?
Today, in my daily Bible reading schedule, 1 Timothy chapter 6 was read. Verses 17-19 jumped out to me~
17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
Many of us fighting Lyme are greatly depleted financially- adding to our angst. Whatever our financial state pre-Lyme Fight, we know well what Paul is saying- it is easy to fix our hope on riches, but they are uncertain, and it can frankly be frightening to see the money go out so quickly, and in such large amounts- and us left helpless to do anything about it.
Paul urges us to put our hope in God- who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Even on bad days- if we look around with God's perspective, with His help- we can find something to enjoy. The more we seek Him, and ask Him to show us- the more we see how indeed He has not only supplied us with things to enjoy- but He has richly done so.
I am seeing more and more things to enjoy- perhaps not all things yet. But, my level of expectation has increased: What is He doing in this moment? Where is He in this? Who does He want me to get to know- to reach out to in this situation?
For instance- at first glance, it may appear that the people that come to our home to tend to my dad is all about his improving health (which is important)- but perhaps the LORD has other assignments in meeting these people- if not for now, maybe down the road; maybe there will be an opportunity to share His love with them, encourage them... Looking for whatever riches my King has hidden for me to find- and enjoy together with Him.
Paul gives us some directions in the quest of these Heavenly Riches to enjoy: do good, be rich in good works, be generous and ready to share. These, he says- will then store up a good foundation for us in the future (immediate and eternal)- SO THAT- we may take hold of that which is life, INDEED!
Oh but we crave life. We spend so many days in languish, bringing a glimmer of life into our day makes a gigantic difference!
Today, may you see opportunities to continue building upon the good foundation- and take hold of life. Enjoy- Ask the LORD to show you at least one thing today in which you can do good; ask Him to show you how you can be generous (He is very creative; even if you feel you don't have anything to offer- He will show you something you can offer!)...
Doing these things, with thanksgiving- you will have something to enjoy today, and to delight in with the King of Kings~