Originally written on:
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
Have you ever been in a large group of people, not really ease-dropping, but can’t help yourself from listening to the stories being told…
Count your blessings daily is my advice. I was recently on vacation at WDW and while standing in line for an attraction I over heard a conversation between two women. One of them said, “there’s a special place in hell for me because I didn’t go see my mother before she passed.” My thoughts immediately went to my own experience of my mom’s passing. I know and believe that all things work for God in God’s world. I cherish the last visit I had with my mom, if I close my eyes I can still feel her arms around me from our last hug goodbye. I always hugged and kissed her goodbye; even if I was planning on seeing her the next day. We also had a weekly practice of calling each other on Saturday afternoons, I certainly miss those calls. At the time of her unexpected passing I lived nearly an hour and half away from my parents home. By the time I arrived at my parents home, the funeral home had already taken my mom. I know many of you have heard this story from my before, this time I just want to emphasize the importance of loving. Love is free to give and receive, do so with humbleness and grace. None of us are promised length of days, you can decide how you will live them out.
“Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
— James 4:14 (NRSVA) —
Although, in this particular event of standing in line, I was not intentional in ease-dropping, but some conversations just seem to break through any barriers we may have in place. But I’m happy that this over-heard conversation took my memories to the most incredible human being I had the privilege to call, MOM. She taught me so many value lessons and a lifetime of memories. I thank God for this precious gift. The Lord is my strength and my refuge!
“The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.”
— Psalm 90:10 (NRSVA) —
I’ll end with this, no matter what you hear throughout your day, as the receiver of information we get to choose how to use or process the information…on this day I found clarity in the story overheard and used it for good. I didn’t share the story through means of gossip, I turned inward and found a blessing in my own circumstances.
Thanks for stopping by today, I am honored by your visit.
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.