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God helps us through life’s changes
by Beyond The Walls by Susan Nelson
Aug 29, 2014 | 193 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Well, I can tell you I have found a new BFF! I was at the gym the other day and one of the newer trainers and I were talking. He spouted some “trainer encouragement” in my direction relative to someone else, so I made a comment about my age relative to the younger women there.

The trainer sounded shocked. He stated I couldn’t be more than a certain age- (he was nine years too low). The kicker was he said I certainly had the energy of someone 24 years younger!

In my best southern drawl I replied, “Well, now. Aren’t we ever going to be best friends!”

I smiled a sugary smile as I said it and then we joked a bit about his comments. Whether they were accurately/honestly assessed or not was a non-issue.

A few days prior to this, my son sat with his eyes fixed on a scene of this same trainer playing with his young children. It reminded me of my three at a much younger time. I happened to notice when a look of pain crossed my son’s face. It was his birthday! Why was he sad?

Inquiry led me to hear these words, “I just see that man over there playing with his kids and I miss Daddy.”

Well, of course I wrapped my arms around him and said that I did, too. My heart was breaking for the little guy.

We struggle. Three to four months ago, I did not have the energy of someone 24 years younger. I have had a lot of days of working out since then. I kept moving afterwards as well, determined to get out of the pit and become healthier.

I have been watching and hearing about others and their declines and I keep saying to myself “I am a child of the Most High and He wants me to become better to showcase His handiwork in my life.”

I have been cleaning out, clearing out and simply putting one foot in front of the other.

Growth creates struggle for us. It can cause “pain” with the extra effort on our part. Growth requires that we stretch beyond where we are.

We don’t want to change what we are doing because the status quo is easier for us. As well, I know my children would like to have a dad again, as evidenced in the comments expressed earlier.

It would be nice to have the help. It would be nice to have another adult around. But we find joy that we did have him for a time. That’s not where God wants us to be. That’s not where we are as a family.

Meanwhile, we plod along.

We pray. We manage to work through most aspects of life and come out enjoying them or at least learning from them. And we look to all that is positive in where we are.

We will not settle, become stagnant nor will we allow the trials of this world to tear us down.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind …” (Romans 12:2)

We will continue to move towards the mark knowing, “… those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be wear, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
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