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I WISH MY CAGE WOULD STOP RATTLING.

February 16, 2018

 

 

I have a nice cage, thank you very much. It is, in fact, a luxury cage.

 

Large. Well furnished. Supplied with all the mod cons.

 

I share my cage with the Captain and two dogs. And friends. Acquaintances. Probably a frenemy or two. Keeping in mind I got unfriended.

 

It’s a solid cage, anchored in love, faith, discipline and self-control.

 

Illuminated with an inner glow radiating out from a grateful heart.

 

Always.

 

I’m pretty smug and self-satisfied about my cage.

 

Thus, when the rattling started, I found myself working through five stages remarkably like grief.

 

Those are –

 

  • Denial.

  • Anger.

  • Bargaining.

  • Depression.

  • Acceptance.

 

I got through Denial.

 

  • This can’t be happening.

  • It’s not true.

 

Only, I’m nowhere near the Acceptance Level.

 

Not yet.

 

I’m stuck in Angry.

 

  • I’m nauseous.

  • I have a headache.

  • I’m not going to cry.

  • I’m NOT!

 

I hold onto the bars of my cage that is my calm, orderly, controlled life.

 

Stabilizing them.

 

I search out the Captain for a hug, a cuddle.

 

And the dogs.

 

I watch from afar as people I care deeply about inflict hurt.

 

I cling for dear life as events beyond my control rattle and shake my cage.

 

Why Lord?

 

Why?

 

I stare at the canal.

 

A dolphin cruises past.

 

I can’t change his path or where he’s going.

 

Neither can I walk someone else’s road.

 

Isaiah 26:3 comes to mind.

 

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You.”

 

I do wish my danged cage would stop rattling while I work on this.

 

Lent is upon me. I need peace.

 

Still, it is well with my soul.

 

Cyber hugs and blessings all.

 

Photo by Diego Catto on UnsplashIt is well with my soul. Male choir with lyrics.



 

 

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