Daylight slowly turns to dusk. The intoxicating fragrance of fall saturates the still, evening air. I close my eyes and breathe deeply, letting it fill my lungs. This is my favourite time of year.
Fog begins to settle in, and silence blankets the bay except for the muffled rumble of a tug boat as it pulls a boom of logs across the tranquil sea. Darkness shrouds everything visible....another day has come to a close.
This transitional season makes me feel so alive! The air is crisp, the buttery fields of grass sway with the whispering breeze, sunrises are more vivid and the leaves on the trees dance in their cloaks of burgundy, orange and yellow.
For some, this season of change triggers feelings of bleakness. The brightness and warmth of summer becomes a memory, and the promise of winter is evident with the cooler air and shorter days.
I believe there are seasons in our life which can trigger the same emotions: anticipation or trepidation. Cruising comfortably along in life, the sun shines brightly and our world is as it ought to be. Life is free of pelting rain (tears), stormy clouds (problems) and destructive winds (unwanted change). However, if something dramatically changes our familiar and well-balanced world, we tend to panic. Fog obscures the pathway we were cheerfully walking on and darkness floods our souls with anxiety and doubt.
I found myself stumbling miserably after acquiring my brain injury, and the fog wasn't just in patches...it was dense and menacing! I didn't like it, I didn't want it and I wanted to "be who I was before." Those were absolutely normal feelings, but they sure weren't going to help me move forward. God has sooo much patience and once I surrendered my own "wish list," He was free and clear to begin a new work in me. As I reached forward in faith, He took hold of my trembling hand. Sunlight began to radiate through the foggy mass and the pathway of life became well-defined once again. He has strengthened me in ways beyond comprehension.
Do I still have a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury? Medically and physically, yes I do. However, I choose not to continually "label it" or dwell on that term. I am still Kathie, and I now walk confidently along the pathway God is leading me on. A few weeks ago, while in Calgary, my close friend (who has known me since grade 2) said to me, "Kathie, I see you as you!" Do I still have limitations and a disability? Yes, I do. However, I have come to realize, and accept, that "limitations" and "disability" are terms of description only. They do not reflect my spirit, nor do they hinder me from seeking to honour God with the life He has deemed worthy. Seasons of life change just as seasons of the year change, but our Heavenly Father's Purpose does not change!
Let's embrace life and all that God has in store for us! May our mouths proclaim the joy of walking with Him, and may our hearts burst with Thanksgiving for the blessings He lavishes upon us!
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD." (Psalm 40: 1-3 NIV)
"Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare." (Psalm 40: 5 NIV)
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