When my step sinks into the saturated grasses, I almost turn away. A few more steps will take me to marshy waters that pool above plants in these wetlands and I’m reminded again.
Avoiding the mucky leads to dryness. But thriving comes when saturated with the water.
Because what is there is no matter how much avoidance energy is expelled. The trials where we are planted come.
The way of survival is to habitat in the tonic waters.
When my son’s grade two teacher told me that my son would never catch up—that the gap between his cognitive abilities and his peers would grow wider as he grew—I caught my breath and stopped it. I couldn’t talk. I looked away, through the window at the empty playground until I gasped, a hand fisted at my mouth.
She wasn’t the first to tell me this.
Paediatricians, genetisists, physio and occupational therapists and others…I’d heard it before. But the other well-meaning people who tell you “not listen to the experts” and “not put limits on children” and to try this diet, these exercises, this special doctor, this learning method…this remedy but not that reality…can get you turning around and avoiding the muddy what is.
My son’s biological activity has him learning and processing differently—differently than “typical.” Adapting to life with a special needs child took time and, although he is an adult now, there are (like all of us) continual trials. I make decisions for him that are more murky than clear in the what is.
How do you step into acceptance of what is, survive in an unexpected environment, and thrive in the diverse landscape of unknowns, challenges, and problems?
Saturate yourself in His Word that protects, guides, and ensures; practice gratitude, and connect with others.
Four Ways to Thrive Wherever We Are
- Breathe. Breathing tells our brain to be calm.
- Soak in God’s Word Daily. Discover God’s faithfulness.
- See the Goodness. Intentionally practice gratitude throughout your day.
- Connect. Call a family member or make social plans with a friend. Self-care is the fill-up to be there for others.
My rubber boots sink into the saturated grasses as I turn and walk to the marsh’s edge. Two mallard’s swim in reeds poking up from muddy waters close to me. I take in a deep breath.
Like adapted marsh grasses, changed by the saturated wetlands, we too can thrive anywhere when we stay soaked by His goodness.
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