Anniversaries aren’t worth celebrating

Controversial title I know, but my blog, my thoughts! :p (I like a little attention grabbing.) 

Anyway, the next two days mark events that I would rather have not happened in my life. Followed by the most excruciating weeks I have ever known. As this year marks the ten years since the motorcycle accident, I am keenly aware of God’s hand through the entire trial.  I realize that had God’s hand not been on the entire event (link overload) (read posts https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/there-you-are/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/journal-entry-from-2003-6/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/journal-entry-from-2003-6/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/07/journal-entry-from-2003-7/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/filling-in-the-blanks/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/filling-in-the-blanks-part-2/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/pictures-and-thoughts/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/final-accident-entry/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/not-beyond-your-strength/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/and-yet-again/) things would be drastically different.

But regardless of all I have learned and gained through this experience, it is really one of those anniversaries that isn’t worthy of celebrating but definitely worth remembering.

The other is that of being flooded out by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

I haven’t blogged much about this one….I guess there is just so much wrapped up in it.

(https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2011/11/, https://godsducks.wordpress.com/2012/09/)

I have had every intention of playing with photoshop to put out combined photos so you can see the vastness, heaviness, amazingness, and horriblity of the whole situation. We are very aware of the fact that there were those who had it far worse then we did. And we are very aware of our many blessings through the whole situation. But it is still an open wound needing to be healed. Two years have past and it still feel like it happened just yesterday. The trauma a natural disaster releases on one’s life is very great. I am so glad we have a Christian community to surround and love us, but it is only within the last 6 months that people have really begun to grasp the emotional trauma we have endured since then. God is gracious and we are slow. He is continuing to heal us, help us, and strengthen us. And for this I am so glad we serve such an awesome God. So though two years are here, this is one anniversary I am not going to celebrate, I will remember but with fear and trembling.

Not all anniversaries are joyous. Some are painful! We need to be watchful to “weep with those who weep” when such anniversaries arise. God is an awesome God, loving God, healing God, and caring God. We all go through times of trial and struggle, the question is what will we do with those times? Will we allow God to grow us through it? Will we allow God to provide? Will we allow God to carry us? I have learned a lot from these events, and for that I am grateful. I would have never learned a lot if it had not been for these. But I would never wish these on an enemy. Without God I can’t imagine how anyone can get through the tough times. God gives us hope and assurance that things will work out for the better in the long run. So I leave you to ponder these thoughts and some songs that helped me through.

The Flood

http://youtu.be/ohLfJDKSv0U (Praise you in the storm)

http://youtu.be/1CSVqHcdhXQ (Blessings)

http://youtu.be/BeTu8twnGvU (Walk on Water)

http://youtu.be/pFqGSKcyvbc (What it Feels Like)

The Accident

http://youtu.be/8KF7033dm18 (All in All)

http://youtu.be/zB0Yh_HS19I (Heal the Wound)

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