Psalm 136:1

Still Plenty of Hills to Climb

Sometimes in our lives, God reminds us we still have plenty of hills to climb and challenges to deal with. For example, Fulton has been doing really well lately. He laughs a lot, seems to understand what he’s hearing, and can be very expressive. Lately, when people ask me how he’s doing, that’s what I tell them. However, I had an experience with him, just yesterday, to remind me things aren’t always what they seem.

I went into his room and he was cheery, alert, and seemingly at peace. I had to go pay a bill at the nursing home front office, so I said to him, “I have to go pay a bill but I’ll be right back.” When I returned, it was like he had become a different person. There he was, staring into space, with no response. I clapped my hands and shouted at him, trying to get his attention…nothing, just staring into space.

It was like God was saying, “Dawson, some days are great with Fulton, others, not so much. So, praise Me for it all and keep on going. Trust My love to see you through.” The Lord sees us just the way we are, on good days, bad days and days in between. But He always loves us, no matter the mood of the moment.

He said in, Psalm 136:

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His love is eternal.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love is eternal.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His love is eternal.
He alone does great wonders.
His love is eternal.
He made the heavens skillfully.
His love is eternal.
He spread the land on the waters.
His love is eternal.
He made the great lights:
His love is eternal.
the sun to rule by day,
His love is eternal.
the moon and stars to rule by night.
His love is eternal.
10 He struck the firstborn of the Egyptians
His love is eternal.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love is eternal.
12 with a strong hand and outstretched arm.
His love is eternal.
13 He divided the Red Sea
His love is eternal.
14 and led Israel through,
His love is eternal.
15 but hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.
His love is eternal.
16 He led His people in the wilderness.
His love is eternal.
17 He struck down great kings
His love is eternal.
18 and slaughtered famous kings—
His love is eternal.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love is eternal.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love is eternal.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love is eternal.
22 an inheritance to Israel His servant.
His love is eternal.
23 He remembered us in our humiliation
His love is eternal.
24 and rescued us from our foes.
His love is eternal.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love is eternal.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven!
His love is eternal.

Your Friend,

Dawson

 

2 thoughts on “Still Plenty of Hills to Climb

  1. Dawson,

    When I was a teenager & we lived on the farm, I would stare out the kitchen window and literally go into a trance. My mom called me a “day dreamer” she would walk in the room & start talking to me but for the life of me I couldn’t pull myself out of my trance. It was as if I was frozen in time in my own little world. I am 59 now & I can remember it as if it was yesterday. My eyes would fixate on something out the window, it could be a branch or a cloud or even the cow; but once I was fixated I would just freeze in that trance. It would last a couple of minutes and I had to pull with all my might to get myself out of it. Crazy huh? But……….while in my trance, I felt ABSOLUTE PEACE. I think that is why it was so hard to pull myself out. I kind of wish I could still do that just so I could find that “peaceful place” again but I think as an adult there is too much clutter in my mind to let myself go there again. Anyway, thought it might help to know that Fulton may be at his most “peaceful place” when he does that. As for what I was thinking while in my trance; well, that’s the crazy part, I wasn’t really thinking anything; rather just quiet, stillness & serenity.
    Blessings, Linda

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