Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I've had a rough week. My 11 yo daughter suffered a severe puncture wound from a bike brake lever a week ago today while we were camping. I have never seen so much blood in my life; I thought she had hit the artery and I was going to watch my child die on the ground. It was the scariest day of my life. Fortunately, fast-forward past the ambulance ride, stitches, possible infection and later surgery to reopen and re-clean the wound, drain tube, crutches, lots of pain meds and antibiotics, and she seems to be on the mend.
The nights were always the hardest. Everything seems darker and scarier at night, even when you're in a hospital surrounded by medical professionals who know just what to do.
Today I went for my first run since the accident, and as I was finishing up, the sun came out in all its glory, completely blinding me to everything except the immediate and beautiful countryside around me. I felt so calm, and like I knew everything would finally be okay. Exercise is such a great stress reliever all on its own, but coupled with the beautiful dawn, I felt so peaceful and immediately thought of Psalm 30: "At nightfall, weeping enters in; but with the dawn, rejoicing."
The challenge is remembering not to let the darkness close in on us. Beauty and peace is there, even when unseen.
I hope all my fellow sparkers have a wonderful, beautiful day!!!
picture from my run this morning