Well hello there!
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my invisible illness, and today I wanted to share with you something that is an extension of that. Over the past ten years of learning to cope with an invisible illness, and especially over the last few difficult weeks since my accompanying diagnosis of Myxedma, I’ve been really trying to focus on using my trials to remember all the goodness that life holds despite the struggles and to find joy in the small things.
Maybe in the bigger picture life might not look so hunky dory for you right now. Perhaps you too are struggling with an invisible illness, or you’ve lost a loved one, or your marriage is floundering, or you’re battling the heartache of infertility, or any number of trials we face during this mortal experience. But I’m willing to bet that if you take a closer look at the individual days, or even hours, you’ll be able to find a least a handful of small, joyful events, opportunities for growth, or chances to serve and lift others!
That task of finding the joy and reflecting on the positives of each day, cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” if you will, has been my self-imposed assignment over the past month or so. It’s not always easy to say the least, but it has definitely given me something to think about and spurred me to write the following poem.
In The Midst
In the midst of loss find laughter.
In the midst of heartbreak find joy.
In the midst of tempest-tossed find peace.
In the midst of fear find courage.
In the midst of sickness find strength.
In the midst of persecution find your purpose.
In the midst of bereavement find blessings.
In the midst of chaos find comfort.
In the midst of it all, find Jesus.