Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Steep Climb

My mom is very special to me. Hardly a day goes by where we don't shoot at least one set of emails back and forth. She is my treasured friend and one of my greatest supporters. I love her for that. Just as I was about to walk out the door to head to my radiation appointment this morning, I received an email from my mom. She was just cheering me on and reminding me of the truths that we hold dear as I embarked on what was sure to be another tough day. She is eloquent beyond belief, and spirit-led to the max, but it was the way she closed her email that made me pause and take note.

Several weeks ago, I did a post on God's perfect timing in providing our home. I won't rehash the details here. But, mom pointed out another neat component of this story.

Brian and I live about thirty minutes outside of the main city. This has been and adjustment for us, but it was the setting of our home that truly sold us on it. To get to our home, we have to head out of town on a major highway, then veer off onto a less traveled road, and then after winding around for five minutes or so, we arrive at a big iron gate that secures our neighborhood, as if anyone would just happen upon it. At first, it seems like a normal drive through the woods, but once the road makes a bend, it immediately ascends up one of the steepest inclines that I've ever seen. In fact, the name of the road is Steep.

Just when one thinks the car is not quite going to pull the hill, the roadway levels out and opens up to the most beautiful neighborhood that sits atop a glorious hillside, overlooking meadows and valleys all around.

We are our own little community, set apart from the world around us.

Mom so beautifully pointed out the analogy of our neighborhood with our life. We are traveling down a path that is not traveled by many. At times, we feel isolated and alone. On many days, the road seems steep and impossible, but then, because of the Lord, things even out and we are able to see God's blessings all around us.

God, thank you for teaching me in ways that I can understand.

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Radiation went wonderfully well today! Every person who works at the radiation office is so nice and welcoming. They truly put my mind at ease.

I am not officially starting treatments until Monday.

Thank you for your continued prayers.


12 comments:

Julie-CA said...

What a wonderful illustration of the road you and your husband are walking on! I hope those wonderful words of truth that your Mom gave you will lift you up and encourage you everytime you drive home. I'm thankful your radiation appointment went so well today. Good night to you out there in Texas!

Makenzie Leigh said...

I will continue to pray for you, and your treatments, God can get you through anything as long as you trust in him, which you seem to be doing very well at. :)

Leslie said...

I LOVE this illustration!!! What a blessing to have a consatnt reminder daily, of God's blessings surrounding you....O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are MIGHTY, O Lord and your faithfulness SURROUNDS you. Psalm 89:8...As we draw near to him we can't help but be surrounded by that same faithfulness that surrounds him!!! Blessings...

podso said...

It's wonderful how God provides such illustrations in our lives all around us, if we look for them! Thanks for sharing this one. It's a great visual I will keep in my mind.

Anonymous said...

i'm praying for you

one of nettie's girls said...

So often in my morning time with God it seems that He is whispering your name to me as I read. Today it is as if these words were written for you:

"But as for Lindsey, the nearness of God is her good; She has made the Lord God her refuge, That she may tell of all Thy works." Psalm 73:28

Your story is being told on countless home pages via Facebook and on church prayer lists and being passed around by e-mail and text. You are telling of all of His works and He must be so pleased to call you His child.

Loving you and praying always.

Charmingjessie said...

You don't know me, but I found your blog via a friend's link several months ago. I just wanted you to know that you are lifted up in prayer everyday at my house. When I pick up my kids from school, I always pray that your day with your students was peaceful and blessed. You have an army of prayer warriors that you will probably never know about, but who love you and pray daily for your health, your husband's strength and your good spirits.

Stacy said...

What a lovely analogy! Your positive attitude continues to inspire me! Please know that you still have our prayers in Houston!

JJ said...

Your mom is INDEED a precious, insightful, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led woman! You two are blessed to have eachother. I know you know that! I met your mom thru GABC sunday school. My parents are members there and I visit from time to time. Your mom instinctively, intuitively and providentially reached out to me the first time I visited. She knows VERY little about the details (or even the generals) of the severe trial that I am going through yet miraculously will send me an email with the perfect word for my particular challenge for that day. It has been such an amazing way that God has shown me that HE sees all. She truly has been a beautifully gracious part of God letting me know that NOTHING is being missed by His attention. And YOU, my dear, have been used by Him as well. I hope this doesn't sound too hokey... but when I read your blog, its almost like I feel like we are praying together over our circumstances (very DIFFERENT in nature but IDENTICAL in intensity). Thank you for using your gift to share His Glory! I once learned (from my mom) that giving God glory means to give a correct estimation of Who He Is. You're doin it, Girl! The Lord Bless You, Precious One!!!

Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

I just wanted to let you know that your posts are so touching and inspiring. You are a talented writer and your words personify the awesomeness and unconditional love that is the Lord.

Thank you for reminding me that "Just because this isn't fun and it can be scary, does not mean that the Lord isn't in it. He is, folks. He is right here, in our midst, conditioning us to do His work." I constantly need this reminder!

May God continue to bless you and guide you through this incredibly difficult journey. Thank you for sharing your inspiring strength and faith!

Sandy said...

This is a beautiful analogy! Your Mom is a very insightful person.

Alabamamom said...

Love the analogy as others have posted. So glad that the appointment went well. Will be praying that the radiation treatments will go as smoothly.