Friday, July 25, 2008

Perfect Weather

We've had some strong thunderstorms lately. The air was heavy with humidity at the beginning of the week making it hard to think clearly. People looked withered by the high temperatures and humidity as they went about their daily tasks. Linda and I have had to walk after the sun went down and things cooled off. But the strong winds have blown in cooler weather. This morning the sky and atmosphere are very clear. The temperature is cool and the hazy humidity has lifted. I woke up energized. Kathryn and Qavah are sleeping in. I just checked in with them and their faces are calm and peaceful. Their bodies are at rest and their souls are being comforted by their sleep. What a great start to the day to see them looking so well.

No one wakes up one morning and says, "I think I'll volunteer for two years of struggle and uncertainty." But the rewards are there. We've experienced God's faithfulness. As we have made our way through the physical and emotional minefield of learning how to treat HPS symptoms, I've found gratitude is never far away from me. Happiness is not elusive. Joy can be found in the simple unfolding of a day. I'm on a second cup of coffee as the sun is filtering through the little birch trees outside my kitchen window. Every now and then a soft breeze whispers through the branches and the sunlight and shadows appear to be dancing on the green lawn below. My soul is quiet. Our home is quiet. I'm sitting here smiling.

"Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits." Psalm 103:2