Carrying Burdens

Life gets crazy and busy in an instant.  I'm assuming that statement is true for everyone...at least I hope I am not the only one feeling this way.  I never meant to take a four-week break from blogging after I complained about being a Potty Training Prisoner.  I'm not a big fan of complaining on my blog, so I'm mortified that my "front page news" for the whole month of August was my negative potty training ramblings and woe-is-me moments in black-and-white for all who visited this site.

The truth is, life has been crazy these past several weeks because I have witnessed so many friends and family going through life-altering changes.  Some good, some bad..... 

The sadness over the loss of a precious unborn baby by one friend and the disbelief of two lines meaning "you're pregnant!" by another friend.  The anxiety of a friend contemplating a life in the marines because her husband feels that is where God is calling them.  The pure joy of answered prayer when another friend runs back to Jesus after 3 years in a same-sex relationship.  The feeling of helplessness in my family for my brother who has to see a long list of doctors, yet again.  The test of patience as my dad awaits to hear God's will for his future.  The sadness and anger my patient's family is going through as their sweet baby is suddenly faced with an unexpected diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy.  The tragic death of another patient's father--a father who was the rock for one very precious but severely special needs child.

My heart is sad. And happy.

This is a season of growing for me...as a friend, physical therapist, daughter, sister, wife, and mother.  I found myself somewhat hardened to others' burdens by the time I hit my junior year of college.  I had had enough of caring too much for friends who laid burden after burden on my shoulders.  I let myself believe that it's more important for me to take care of myself and not get wrapped up in the happenings of others.  I was wrong.

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galations 6:2

The problem was the way I carried the burdens of others.  I tried to fix everything in my own strength when what I really should have been doing was immersing myself in prayer for those I care about.

I'm thankful for the growth God has taken me through recently.  I needed the time away from blogging to grow in Him. 

Thanks for sticking around while I was gone.

3 comments:

  1. Lauren (Pum'kin just doesn't seem quite age-appropriate in response to your post),

    I'm so happy that you've learned in such a short life, what many of us take a lifetime to learn.

    I'm also sad that you've had so much to be concerned about.....so many friends, family and patients with life-changing circumstances.

    I'm happy that you are grounded in the Word and know that these tragedies are "for our good and His glory".....not to diminish in any way how hard it is to walk through them.....but just like Job, we too can look back some day and say, "I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth Thee; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." We, like Job, have an opportunity to see God in His glory through tragedy because He has our undivided attention. In Isaiah 45:3 God says, "And I will give thee the treasures of the darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel." God leads us to Himself during times of tragedy....He is the 'treasure' of the darkness and the 'hidden riches' of secret places. As precious as life is, it is not lost when it is taken.... it is eternal... and just like Job, we will someday see those "seven sons and three daughters" that we lost.

    I'm also so very proud of who you've become. And when asked who made you so, I can only truthfully answer....."God did".

    Love you mostest!
    Dad

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  2. Precious friend, thank you for being a rock in the midst of hard times. Your friendship means the absolute world to me. You have been through so much in the past few weeks and yet your faith stands strong. Thank you for your prayers, love, and support! I am blessed to have you in my life! Love you!

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  3. Wow, sounds like it's been a crazy few weeks for you! You're so right, the best way to "bear one another's burdens" is to pray!

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