When I was very young, my mother taught a 5-part series on The Pilgrim's Progress to the children at our church. I would pull out the visualized book, read the story and look at the pictures time and time again. A couple of years later, we got the book The Little Pilgrim's Progress which is an adaptation of the classic story by Helen L. Taylor. She did an excellent job of simplifying the text while keeping the story beautifully intact. I highly recommend this book for children as well as anyone else who struggles with 17th century English! Seriously, if you have not read the book, you might want to consider reading a modern English version of it first before tackling it in the original text.
I don't believe I was a Christian when I first heard this story although I may have been. At any rate, I do know that I was only six or seven years old when I was introduced to the story. It is small wonder that the concept of the Christian life being a "journey" is not foreign to me. Indeed, it is the way I have always viewed Christianity.
I am getting my last paycheck tomorrow. At least... it is the last check that I know of. The damage which was done to my brain after my SAH and stroke was slight but it appears that it was enough to short-term memory issues which I compensate for rather well most of the time. However, compensating while trying to meet the needs of 27 second graders (half of whom speak limited English) has proved to be too much for me. There may be something which will open up for me next year working with smaller groups of students but there is no guarantee of that.
This type of impairment makes it difficult to learn new things as well so at the moment, at least, looking for a new job is out of the question. Being a middle-aged woman with a history of cancer and memory issues doesn't exactly make me a prime candidate with employers. The fact that my employer's insurance company is balking at the idea of paying me long term disability has not helped. They're trying to find every loop-hole they can. I am glad my union has finally recognized this and it appears that they will now get involved in resolving this matter.
Over the past few months, while I have been on an "administrative leave", I have seen God do some amazing things. I could not tell you exactly how it happened but even without my paycheck, it looks like God has provided the resources for us to get through April. I am trusting that He will do the same in May, June, July and so forth...
This morning I found myself thinking about some of the words in a song by Steven Curtis Chapman called "The Great Adventure". Some of the lyrics are:
Saddle up your horses we've got a trail to blaze Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown This is a life like no other - this is The Great Adventure
Saddle up your horses we've got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace
Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other - this is The Great Adventure
We'll travel over, over mountains so high
We'll go through valleys below
Still through it all we'll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams
It really is a great adventure isn't it? We may not know what we will find on the trail but God does. God does.
So once again, I am "hitting the trail", embarking on a new adventure but I am not traveling alone... and neither are you!
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28
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Father, I thank you for K. I thank you for her desire to walk the path that you have chosen. Father I ask that you give her the strength as well as the determination to keep her eyes fixed on you whatever the circumstances. As she steps out on this new part of her journey I ask that you give her a new vision of the blessings you have in store for her. Lord, personally, I just thank you that there really is someone who understands the 'interesting' life I have - someone who can laugh with me about life in the midst of brain things! Amen