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Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)
TITLE: The Blessing Pool
By Danielle Burke
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Over the past year, I’ve needed that peace many times. When our 2 ½ year old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, my world was shaken. I lost my footing. And although we have a good prognosis for the future, no parent wants to go through yearly MRIs and hope the world doesn’t crumble once again.
Fear continued to slither into other areas of my life, so much that I sometimes felt debilitated. One day during a check up in the doctor’s office, when I had biopsy results hanging over my head, I finally lost it. I not only cried, I wept. As He always does though, God had already seen my situation and had placed a much needed friend in my path. The nurse in the room with me listened to my story and provided a profound response. “I think you have to look back,” she said, “at everything God has already brought you through.” She was telling me, quite simply, to count my blessings. To remind myself of how God had provided, even in our most distressing moments. And she was right. God had brought us through potentially devastating circumstances, but, frail human that I am, I had already let those memories wane. All I was looking at was fresh terror crouching, preparing to pummel my family once again.
As I discovered, however, with the help of my friend's gentle reminder, there is a way to keep the terror at bay. It’s actually a place we can escape to when the world is simply too much. The good news: it’s not necessary to pack or spend a dime. Here’s the secret: Inside myself, inside each of us, there is a pool of blessings made up of each good thing God has done for us. It’s the place I can go when I desperately need that peace and assurance. I can jump in, or slide my head under and feel the comfortable silence, if need be. I can feel the warmth of the Son each time my arms pass through the water, bringing the water close to me so that I can contemplate its beauty, its purity. I can hold a sparkling cupful in my hand, or simply splash around in God’s great goodness, watching the dazzling droplets pass before my eyes, each one of them offering comfort, hope, and healing.
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