Saturday 22 March 2014

When Hard Times Befall Us

100 Days of Happiness - Day 16

Today I really really enjoyed a wonderful Sunday School lesson at church. If I am being completely honest Sunday school was usually the part of Sunday services that I often skipped... This is probably the first time since I was a teenager that I have actually gone to Sunday School wanting to be there. I had an awesome teacher when I was about 14 or so. I can't remember anything in particular that she taught me but I used to love her classes each week.

The lesson today was based on the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. I think what I got out of it the most is that sometimes bad things happen. It is not about what happens to us which will define us but how we react to the situation that will. Being sold by your brothers is a pretty horrific thing to have happen to you but yet Joseph chose to rise above it and was in the end a much loved and respected servant to his master Potipher and ultimately in the end a great leader in the land. How different would his life had been had he succumbed to the feelings of misery which surely would have been easier given the situation he was in?

I spoke with my Nana earlier this week who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. The big 'C' word always stirs up big feelings in anyone. She is 81 years old. I know that there will come a time one day when she will no long be simply a phone call or a plane ride away. The thought of that is almost more than I can bear. My Nana is one of my closest friends, and biggest confidants. I spent a great deal of my childhood in her home, being loved and cared for by her. We are closer than most children are with their grandparents and share a bond that is quite difficult to explain simply because of the amount of time we have spent together. I know how I respond to this situation will determine my ability to cope with harder times which will surely come one day.

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