Where are you Supposed to be?
I don’t believe in the statement:
“Everything happens for a reason”
If I’m honest with myself, most of what I’ve been through has been of my own doing. If I rewind that tape back and think, I made decisions about people, places or things that lead up to that point. What is interesting is how I’ve handled those situations after they have happened.
We stayed in that Red Cross shelter for about a week. The circumstances were insane how we ended up there. The week prior to that, I wrecked my car. I had a seizure while driveling because I was detoxing from alcohol. I was in the ICU for about a week.
During that hospital stay, it rained. Like Biblical rain. There was a 500 year flood that wrecked havoc on that city. In a moment, everything we knew, owned and had was gone. The only place we could get to when I was discharged was a Red Cross shelter. The point of writing the above down is not to revisit that memory, but to illustrate that what we do and how we manage situations is what determines outcomes in some instances.
My legs didn’t work right. I couldn’t write (it took me six months to get my handwriting back). Apparently when you seize during withdraw, it can short out some things upstairs. The doctors said, “ keep him walking. MAKE him walk”. So Pixie kept me walking.
We were some of the first to that shelter. We would walk to the front of the Church where the shelter was and sit on the steps. That is where we met the devastated. As humans, we are all broken. In this situation, these souls were devastated. This is where we comforted, listened and walked with them into the Church. By the time we left that shelter, there was over 200 people there.
The people we helped and listened to didn’t know our story. I didn’t feel the need to tell it. My soul KNEW we would be ok. What was called from us was to just listen and give faith to these souls. The blessing that unfolded for us for CHOOSING compassion was unbelievable, but that is a post for another time.
There isn’t a magical reason things happen to us. The magic, the miracles happen when we CHOOSE to act in Grace during those times.