Rescued   1 comment

Sometimes I feel truly overwhelmed.  Hope drains away and the future becomes dark… and then meaningless… and then too weary to even consider.  Days are reduced to a zombie-like stumble, a daily routine on endless repeat like a scratched album.

This fall I faced Mount Everest when I finally agreed with Kimberly to move to Asheville, NC.  Relocating is a huge effort, and just getting our house ready to sell formed an insurmountable list: patch and seal the driveway, repair the stone wall, replace the doorbell, finish remodeling the bedroom, paint the deck and porch and windows and basementandbathroomandkitchen… the tasks filled a page, single-spaced and two columns long.  I felt myself sinking under it.

But in my desperation God sent a guardian angel, my sister Mardi, who suddenly decided that she would take several days vacation-leave to come help.  Driving across three states, she dropped her bags on the floor and said, “Hit me with your list.  I’m going to work from 5 in the morning till 10 at night to get this stuff done.”  Kimberly and I had to tag team just to keep up with her pace.  Her energy flowed into my spirit and lifted me over the shoals so that I could keep going even after she left.  There is still a lot to do, but it no longer overwhelms me.  The wind she puffed into my sails keeps blowing me forward so that her sacrificial gift did much more for me than finish some tasks.

She made the difference for me by giving from her heart, without expectation, which is a pure expression of grace.  When I help others, I often expect that they will help me in return when I need it or that they will join with me as I help them or that they will at least be encouraged and feel better.  If nothing else, I expect them to be sufficiently grateful.  A gift that comes wrapped in expectations is really just a transaction, a trade, and can feel more like a burden than a blessing to those who receive it.  But Mardi gave without expectation, freely, and such grace is an artesian spring, filling our hearts and overflowing into others, the gift that keeps on giving.

 

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Posted February 1, 2016 by janathangrace in Personal, Uncategorized

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  1. Awesome brother! Dad & I spent several days in Asheville after Mom passed. Beautiful place. We are hiking Looking Glass Rock when I come back that way..:)

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