Perspective: My family’s “normal” is not your “normal”
Life changes the moment our perspective changes.
I had an email from an old friend today that I haven’t spoken with in a long while. In her email she detailed the last year-and-a-half of their family’s life journey. It’s been an incredible walk of pain, heartache, questioning, sorrow, joy, relief, victory, peace, learning, humility, reality, healing, and discovery as they’ve dealt with multiple health issues and surgeries and unknowns related to their baby boy.
As I read her account, tears streamed down my face as I imagined her and her dear husband and sweet baby forging the new territory together. Hundreds are praying for them around the world, and no doubt God is listening. (It’s obvious when reading the strong and courageous words of this young mother about the way they’re coping.)
Once again I was reminded of perspective.
My family’s normal is not your family’s normal. Each family is faced with obstacles and difficulties and trials that no one else will every fully understand, but each family is also faced with blessings and gifts that no one else will completely comprehend either. Our common thread is the knowledge that we each have been entrusted with vulnerable little people to care for that are infinitely valuable and precious beyond words… and the love that ensues.
Family love runs deep. A deeper love I know not of.
Speaking of love… did you see this one? One more time for good measure:
So today I’m thanking God. I’m giving thanks for our trials, our burdens, our circumstances, our joys, our victories, our challenges, our growth, our hope. I give thanks for our family story that is still unfolding – some days like a comedy, others like a drama, and still others like a long stretch of dry prose.
Recently someone googled “hug your babies tight and count your blessings” and landed upon this blog. Seeing that show up in my site stats just made my little heart sing, because at the end of the day that’s exactly the type of thing I’d like to be known for.
So in closing today I will leave you with just that:
Hug your babies tight and count your blessings…. And remember that life changes the moment our perspective changes.
Dear friends, has anything happened lately in your life to help you gain fresh perspective?