Patience is not a thing that comes easily to me.
It’s a hard-learned quality that I still struggle to grasp firmly…
I hate delay..hate the pause…the uncertainty that the wait entails.
But nevertheless, here we are again.
We’ve lived pause and isolation before. Oh, more times then I can be bothered to count.
When our sunchild became ill and overnight turned into a shade-seeker we stepped out of the race.
Hid from the light.
The threat of exposure, sunlight or illness, was too costly for her.
She was defenceless and we had need to retreat from the world, from life to an extent and re-write our normal.
When depression and pain reared its ugly head again and again…we stood back once more.
Retreating from loved ones and acquaintances alike.
It took everything to keep one foot moving in front of the other.. Years lived this way…this half-life.
Then one day the disease lost its grip letting go of our girl… Light returned to her smile.
Later on, the depression and rage left home. Slowly but surely new life has been found on the wings of faith and
in the arms of friends … we stood tall again..finding our feet, our breath. Shaken and bruised but redefined through the hardship into something stronger.
So it seems like a mean trick and the worst possible timing this current season of shaking and stirring…
The whole earth appears to be trembling…a global pandemic..a virus. Unseen before and we are all taken off guard..ill-prepared.
Gods fall all around us and take with them any semblance of security.Stockmarkets plummet, unemployment skyrockets.
Its hard to tell whether the real threat is an illness or the fear it infests us all with.
We are left stunned and helpless in the face of a storm set to swallow the earth as we know it…
Meanwhile, this child that once overcame a beast is showing signs of relapse…
The strain of the last yr has taken its toll on all of us. But this child, My strong silent girl with a brave face to rival any warrior is struggling …it starts with pain unspoken.
My mummas eyes are trained to see the hints no one else but her big sister sees. These clues are seared into the recesses of our being we know them on some primal instinctive level.
A butterfly flush stretches across her creamy white cheeks..encircling both beautiful hazel eyes and stretch down to her chin. It’s been coming and going for a while but now comes and lingers longer then I can stand…
This flush is pure anger – blood boiling vessels and capillaries raging with inflammation that circulates through her system…tearing and shredding at her muscles..her joints ..her organs and skin.
For an invisible disease, the visible ruins me.
She doesn’t play her guitar much any more. Her hands ache and while she hasn’t said anything…the lack of music from behind her door tells the tale. I have become home sick for the sound of plucked and strummed melodies.
A blood draw confirms my fear and my heart braces, knees crumble and I am found again on my face calling heaven down around her demanding the light return and banish the beast for once and for all.
There’s no other beside me this time. No shoulder to brace myself on or hand to grip when fear beckons after dark.
When my mind runs rings around itself..and all I have is prayer.
I find myself on my knees,prayers constantly falling from my lips.They drop as desperate laments, sprout wings and reach heavens ears in a stream of constant overflow.
Communion unending breathes faith back into the dark space between fact and truth and I am tethered to heavens heart again.
I’ve come to realise I can’t stop the onslaught. Life is in lockdown as the threats around us magnify.
But in this place of waiting…
Waiting to see how just how firmly that beast has tightened its grip on this child….
Waiting to see if she’ll shake it again or is this to be war once more?
Of waiting out the tremors of the world around us. For this pandemic to burn out…
Waiting for friends and family homes and hands to be safe reprieve again…
To see what tomorrow holds for our little reshaped family… I’m relearning the art of patience…
I remember learning once before to count blessings. How doing so drove out the darkness and summoned the light.
To fix my eyes beyond the storm clouds, and gaze above the waves.
A season of slow down offers much to one whos willing to see it… but mostly it offers time.
The chance to remaster old arts.
To do those things I never seem to have time for and notice the small.
If you take the time to see and have the inkling to look a little closer there’s such beauty in the mundane.
Magic can be found even in the fog of uncertainty if we find the grace enough to see it.
Forced stillness can be therapeutic…
Home can hold the heart and laughter of carefree faith given space enough to be.
Unrushed days and easy nights are in fact perfections.
After all, some times schedules can serve to suffocate.
Isolation it seems minimises complication..permits real rest…
Perhaps the timing I thought so bad is in fact blessed?
It’s not a stretch to see that deep rest could herald deeper healing.
And then I remember…
Last year when life hit so hard I couldn’t breathe and time insisted on ticking by with so many commitments I felt drowned I prayed that it would slow… stop even..long enough to catch my breath.
And here we are.
Time stands almost still once behind our door. Life hit pause and only the garden changes around us.
This time around I’ll seek the joy in the mess.
I’ll resist the urge to be swayed by the trembling of all around us…
I’ll stay on my knees and hold tight to heavens hand when fear creeps back.
I’ll embrace the wait with faith enough to know healing is hers and we’ll rise again.
We may be shaken and bruised a little but refined some more and stronger somehow for our trouble.
Patience is an art form that it seems I have time enough to learn.