For one thing, when you're already there, there's not so far to fall.
For another thing, my body's used to finding rest in field-expedient situations, using what's there for comfort. A bandolier makes a decent pillow, did you know?
And there's a lot to be learned when you have nowhere to look but up.
Like, looking at dogs. We usually look down at them, but when you look up at their concerned, loving faces, you see not only a seriousness that wasn't there before, but a wrinkly-jawed wisdom.
Sylvia is kind of like Gandalf.
And a two-liter bottle of soda looks plenty tall, and plenty full. A symbol of blessing and plenty.
And when up is the only direction, you realize that God isn't found in the whipped-up mountaintop Halleluiah! moments.
Those moments are fine, but it's more our enthusiasm than the Almighty.
God is present, and has to be most present when our eye-line is limited to a few inches. That's when we know, as we struggle and fail to rise, that we need to reach out. Need to reach up.
In the silent moments of prostration, when you're face to face with the dust-bunnies under the couch (theoretical, here; not Barbara's couch), you know that you're not, and never were, anything like God's equal. Sometimes I think we get sneaky-thoughts that we are, you know, that New-Age vibe. But not from the floor.
When you can't get to your feet, faith, like a loyal service dog, becomes your giant.
Sorry it's a short post. Too ill, and today to weak to say more. I hope this was enough.
Nothing else would do for a musical theme but Garth Brooks' Friends In Low Places.
We're linked with Messy Marriage's From Messes To Messages - please visit for great marruage resources!
Still hoping to get the new and improved version of Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart up and running in the near future. Just haven't had the energy to do it yet...but if you would like to read it, please say so in your comment and I'd be glad to send you a PDF (which should fit your Kindle).
I have another blog, "Starting The Day With Grace". The focus is a grace quote from someone you might not expect (like, say Mick Jagger) and a short commentary. I hope you'll join me.
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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