Why is it that some people appear to have more struggles in life than others? That doesn't seem fair to me God. I mean, I do not know anyone who has gotten through this journey completely scott-free, but there are some people who just seem to be given a lot more to bare. And I do not get it.
God, I know you know my cousin Sharon...
She is the perfect example of what I am talking about when I say I do not understand why some people are given more to carry.
The last decade of her life has been one emotional, stressful challenge after another. First her mother's death after battling cancer, then her son and his many, many serious medical procedures due to the complexity of his epilepsy case, at times her husband and his job changes, and this last big challenge, her dad's stroke accompanied by all the subsequent problems this situation has placed upon her.
Sharon, who you know is like the sister I never had, has always held her chin up during the tough times she has been given God. Often in the last 10 years I have been inspired by her stamina, grace, and ability to continue along with life while saying, "Other people have it worse, I would much rather have my troubles than theirs."
God, she came to visit me this weekend because she needed a rest from her life. She is tired of the stress God. You know I did all I could to help her unwind...
We went to the spa...
We went out to lunch several times. We drank some wine (but not too much) and we laughed. I gave her the much needed quiet time and space to read and to think. Even though it was a bit chilly, I know she took some walks along local paths and enjoyed sitting on the patio watching the wildlife in the back yard.
And God, I know she spent time talking to YOU.
In my heart I know she is trying really hard God to continue to be a strong woman. But all these years of having to do that are really wearing her down.
And so I have a favor to ask you God...can you please, please give her the peace of mind that comes along with knowing she can trust her instincts in the decisions she has to make in the coming weeks? Can you please relieve her of any guilt she feels about the past, or any she is currently experiencing?
I know if you give her some guidance God, she will walk with renewed confidence. She desperately needs to know your listening to her.
Thank you God.