If not for X, then no Y

I have some nasty leg pain going on. It isn’t caused by care giving but certainly makes everything more of a challenge, less by physical restriction than by keeping me crabby.

This morning I had to give up trying to sleep. Movement actually relieves the pain a bit so I took the dog for an early walk.

IMG_20130806_060812_661IMG_20130806_060834_989Coming toward the sunrise on our way home, we saw what to my eyes was a lawn ornament. Then it moved.

It’s just a little God-given parable this morning. If not for the leg pain, I would not have seen the sunrise and the deer. My sleepy-eyed efforts at photography don’t do justice to the beauty of what I was allowed to see. Consider me spoiled and selfish – I got the best of this deal. (You can click on the pictures for a slightly better look).

When it comes to care giving, it is worth pausing sometimes to look for grace hidden in the stresses and strains. Doesn’t make it all better, but makes it different. “If not for having to put up with (fill in some annoying aspect of care giving), I wouldn’t have (fill in the blessing).”

Teach me discernment and knowledge, for I have believed in your commandments.

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.

You are good and you bring forth good; instruct me in your statutes.

Psalm 119:66-68

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