Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Days Like This - Oopsie!

Last week we rode an exhilarating roller coaster in life. One of our daughters plays soccer. She's played since she was 3, almost as long as she has walked. She's always played the same way. Focussed, edgy, determined, fearless, bold, and tenacious and with the endurance of what all her coaches say, "like the EverReady bunny." She wears one college, conference championship ring. Due to her transferring schools, her first year at TCU ended up being a red shirt year. So now that Spring season is beginning she is back and practicing. Last week was a roller coaster, made up of fun texts about how it's so great to be back and how she just loves the game; hearing about her locker and her gear, the girls and the coaches. She was feeling at home, again and loving the team.

Monday morning's practice had their team doing drills. Like so many disappointments it was a mountain high, filled with challenges exceeded, about an awesome goal and a run back to play a defensive position only to step one way, then another and for some reason have a knee give way. In all of her years, she has never suffered an injury. What a blessing. But, it must be in the background of athletes minds. Now it's in the forefront of ours. Tomorrow she'll have an MRI and we'll go from there. So what do we do with disappointments. We have choices. But, for this focussed, edgy, determined, fearless, bold and tenacious girl of mine she'll choose to believe that this will serve her only to strengthen her for the work that God has for her and be thankful for the challenges the Lord allows to come her way.

God has not promised skies always blue

Religion Columnist

A lady with pain in her side went to see a physician.

He told her she had appendicitis and must have an operation immediately.

She decided to get a second opinion and went to see another doctor. He told her she had gall bladder trouble and must have an operation immediately.

A friend asked her, "Where do you go from here?" She answered, "Back to the first doctor. I'd rather have appendicitis."

Most of us would rather have neither, but there's one ailment that's common to us all troubles. Call it suffering, problems, tribulations, character builders, as one fellow put it, "We all have our loads to carry."

One lady said recently, "I've got so many problems that if anything drastic happened today, it would be two weeks before I could get around to worrying about it."

Suffering will either make you bitter or better. When troubles come you can either sit down and quit or determine to do your best to keep plodding and give it your best shot. Often the plodders are the most successful in life.

Walt Disney applied at a midwestern newspaper for a job as an artist. He was told he did not have talent and was urged to give up art.

His first cartoon was "Oswald the Rabbit." It flopped. After that he drew "Mickey Mouse."

John Bunyan was incarcerated in the Bedford jail when he wrote "Pilgrim's Progress."

Victor Hugo was exiled. At that time he wrote one of the greatest novels the world has known, "Les Miserables."

George Westinghouse was treated as a mild lunatic by most railroad executives. "Stopping a train by wind! He's crazy!" Yet he persevered, and finally sold the idea of air brakes.

James Watt built model after model of his steam engine before he got one that worked efficiently.

Annie Johnson Flint was crippled and twisted most of her life with arthritis, yet out of her ordeal of protracted pain, she developed a sensitivity to suffering that helped her understand and encourage others who also were suffering.

She wrote these words of encouragement:

God hath not promised skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;

God hath not promised sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,

Swift easy travel,

Needing no guide.

He hath not promised we shall not bear

Many a burden, many a care.

But God hath promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor, light for the way,

Grace for the trials, help from above,

Unfailing sympathy, undying love.


  1. I'm so sorry for her injury, I hope that you'll get the best possible news from the MRI! Lucky her to have such a wonderful and caring Mom to be there for her. (((hugs!)))

    I absolutely love the card, the coloring is perfect!

    1. Thanks, Krystie, and thanks for loving the card!