Monday, January 10, 2011

Beauty in the Desert

I remember the very first day that I found out that we were leaving our house, and everything we owned due to a toxic mold exposure. Little did I know that my family and I were later going to be leaving Colorado completely, losing all of our connections and friends, and moving to a whole other state. It was a very dark time in my life. Everything was turning so chaotic and confusing. Moving here was such a change, and we weren't fully aware of what we had gotten ourselves into, or of how sick we really were.

At first, Arizona was gray and somber compared to the lives that we had built for ourselves back at home. It was a perfect example of what our lives were like, and seemed that nobody was the same person that they once were.. We were coping the best we could, coming from such a trauma, with supplements and such, but that wasn't enough for our situation.

Little by little, after we started to recover, Arizona started to feel more and more lively and colorful, in a very desert-like way. We ("we" meaning my mom, because she did all the research ) learned new things about ways to recover, and it took us about 1 year and 1/2 to get to we are today.

One day I went on a hike with some of the family, and, suddenly, in the middle of all of the cacti and desert brush I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a beautiful flower blooming from a bush. I was astonished that in the center of unappealing desert, was this one little beauty that made all the difference, and I was even more surprised to find more.

That is exactly what is happening through this road that we're on. In the midst of all of the hard times, there are so many good things that come out of it like a flower in the middle of a desert.

The bible says that there is a season for everything, and this is our season for healing; now that I look back, I can see so many beauties about the most difficult times of my life, just like beauty in the desert.


Anonymous said...

Wow! I think what hits me most about the message from your blog is that the contrast in locales run pretty near perfectly parallel with the contrast in the tone, or mood, of you as the author.

Which, of course, is actually the least important thought about your blog entry. I am so glad that you are recognizing God's hand in your life - there through the good and bad. Knowing that you live in the truth of this revelation is actually the immeasurable message you communicated to me!

Mrs. S

Anonymous said...

Great wisdom and insight. I believe it pleases the Lord that we marvel at and take time to enjoy the "blooms" in our lives even when we are in the midst of thorns. You too can be a single "bloom" in someone elses life. Just meeting you was a bright and beautiful bloom in mine.

Kathy T