Yesterday we were able to get off this little island and onto another one - Salt Spring Island - for a little day trip. It was so nice to be able to take time to be away for the day, explore new places and just enjoy being together. It seems like we haven't been able to do too much of that since we got married and my health went down hill. That just made us enjoy and appreciate it all the more! It feels like that kind of day is a milestone - a day trip without my needing to sit down to rest every five minutes, a walk where I can keep up with Ken instead of going at a snails pace, sitting in a warm room without feeling like I'm going to pass out... milestones! Small ones, but for me they're huge!
This past year I'm learning to appreciate different things in life than I did before. There's things that I've taken for granted and there's also things that I've put too much value in that really don't matter. This has been a good time for me to re-evaluate life and gain some new perspective. I value faith, family and friends more than ever, and the rest doesn't seem as important.
I'm reading through 1 Peter at the moment and for a small book of the Bible it has some big, hard-hitting truth!
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you." 1 Peter 1:3
"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire- may result in praise and glory and honour..._ 1 Peter 6&7
"All flesh is like grass and all it's beauty like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever" 1 Peter 1:23 (Isaiah 40:6,8)
Lots of things don't last and can't be depended on - beauty, money, a "smooth-sailing life", even health... and, well life itself. When life gets rocked by illness, or death or financial worries or difficulty of some other kind, how amazing to know the hope and Life that is in Him who is forever.