Sunday, October 20, 2019

Into the unknowns

It's human nature to want to know the outcome even when circumstances are out of our control.

One never knows what lies within or beyond the fog. Driving with opaque vision into the uncertainties of life's what-ifs, increases our fear.

This was a lesson made real last weekend as we left Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where I presented two workshops.

Pavement patches, like Band Aids on my worried soul, made me aware that bruises and surface scrapes are minor parts of the whole.

I had no other choice but to trust the girders and pilings that suspend the bridge to support our car as we traversed the span from shore to shore above the unseen flowing waters.

Fog, eerily thick as Halloween spiderweb batting enveloped the bridge, shrouded the river in both directions, and sent a shiver down my spine.

As we encountered traffic in both directions, visibility became more acute the closer we came to other vehicles. My fear lessened when I was able to see beyond the unknown. I breathed a sigh of relief and a silent prayer of thanks when we made it safely across the bridge.

Life has been rough for our family the past few weeks. Bill's daughter received life-threatening brain trauma injuries and is in a rehab hospital out of state. Updates indicate she is making progress. But I want to be able to visit her daily, and that is not possible.

My daughter just tore her rotator cuff and probably will require shoulder surgery. 

Bill has residual leg pain from a previous knee surgery and may require total knee replacement.

Such is life. Into the fog...the unknown. One day at a time. I have to trust God that things will work out. They always do, whether we can see what's ahead, or not. Whether its the way we wish for things to be, or not.

All the what-ifs don't matter, because what will be, will be. Que Sera, Sera.



Val said...

I love that picture, but the situation would send me into a panic. I hope Bill's daughter continues her progress, and that he and your daughter get the repairs they need to begin healing.

Cathy C. Hall said...

Such an apt image, the fog, Linda. Sometimes you just have to trust that the foundation will hold, huh? I've had Michelle on my prayer list; know it will be a long journey for her and prayers for your Bill, too!

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--I hope all three are back to 100% soon. Then perhaps YOU can take a breather (since the caregiver and worrier is always worn out after a loved-one is feeling better).

Kimberly Vernon Rodgers said...

Life, like driving in fog, is often an act of faith. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

I'm sorry to hear of all the struggles your family members are facing right now. Prayers for healing and better days ahead for all of you.

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