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Topic: BLESSED (03/07/19)
TITLE: Waves of Gratitude
By Chris Goglin
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"This will be great!" giving her a squeeze around her waist, "I never thought turning 70 could be so exciting!"
"Yeah, " Linda chimed in as we pushed our suitcases down the cruise ramp. "Four days full of bliss and relaxation…no schedule and all the food we want!"
I smacked my lips with expectancy as I thought of prime rib dinners and chocolate fountain extravaganzas. I shouted out loud…" oh…I feel so blessed, life has been good!"
We followed the bright carpeted hallway to our cabin when Linda stopped in her tracks.
"Wait a minute, this has not been the best year for you, how can you say you have been blessed? You've been diagnosed with cancer, gone through chemo, radiation, and lost some mobility due to neuropathy in your legs. Really? I wouldn't consider this a lucky year for you.”
"I know, it's been rough, but look at what I've gained! I've made countless new friendships at the treatment centers and support groups. The owner at the Wigwam shop gave me an expensive wig for free! I've become more aware of those hurting around me, yearning to witness to them about God's love and show them comfort in their struggles.”
Pushing in our cabin room door, Linda summarized, "I guess you're right, but don't know if I would feel that fortunate."
"You know, God has given me a new normal for a reason… oh, look at these cute towel animals!" I plopped down on the bed. "I've grown so close to God, sensing within my spirit how He is watching over me and teaching me how to be more like Him."
"What do you mean?" said Linda, looking out the Oceanview window in amazement.
"Well, for one thing, you kindly came to visit me from 2000 miles away for two whole months while I went through chemo," squeezing her hand as I pulled her away from the window, “and I wouldn't have had the opportunity of seeing you for that long, if I didn't have cancer. At our age, time is precious and valuable."
"Soooooo true," as Linda grabbed my cane and imitated me walking around the room stooped over.
"Okay, we're not THAT old yet!"
"But seriously, are there other times when you saw God working in your life?” Linda drew closer to me on the bed.
"Let's see, about a month ago, we had an unprecedented 22-inch snowfall in Arizona, and we had to drive over the mountain to a funeral. All media outlets urged all to stay inside, and not venture on the treacherous roads. I knew we had to go, but our car was not a safe vehicle for snowy roads."
"What did you do?"
"I remember praying around the kitchen counter for safety before we loaded our overnight bags in the car. We opened the garage door, inserted the key into the ignition, and …. Click, click…. dead battery! Now, mind you, this was a newer car, and should not have had battery problems. A coincidence? No way… God had this one! We finally made it to the funeral after the storm weakened, but we were alive when we got there!"
"Wow, God really protected you!" Linda's eyes widened, "Hey, how about when you suffered from those awful miscarriages after your marriage to Rich, weren't there five of them one after the other? You said God found a new doctor and you gave birth to five healthy babies over the next few years. I think that one topped everything!"
"Yes," with a heartfelt sigh, "that was awesome and unbelievable! God continues to bless me, even though I forget His many interventions… Alzheimer's hasn't set in yet, but it's close! Have you seen my pill organizer?
"Here it is," said Linda, pulling it from the outside pocket of my suitcase. "Have you seen my phone charger?"
"We sure are a helpless pair, I'm glad God has everything under control!"
"Yep, He has given us this great birthday trip in our ripe old age, let's celebrate!"
We grabbed each other's hands and began our tour of the ship.
"God is so good!"
"Yes, He is!" …as we hobbled a bit down the hallway with gratitude in our steps and a sparkle in our eyes!
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