Someone asked me how I handle trials/adversity in my life (okay, no one asked me, but I will pretend for the sake of this post) and I said, let me tell you. First, I try to ignore them, because we all know that if we ignore things they eventually go away. If they don't go away, I shut myself in my room, and play bejeweled blitz on Facebook for a while, because I just know that if I can reach 100,000k then I will feel much better about myself and in my new state of mind all problems will disappear. I learn quickly that one, I'm not very good at this game, and two, because I'm not good, it makes me feel worse about myself and anyone whose score is higher than mine. (In fact, if your score is higher than mine, just know that you are on my secret enemy list) Once I reach the peak of frustration over not being good at this game, I stop playing only to find that the world has not, in fact, stopped like I thought it should out of respect for my problems. Next I try to plot how to make the world stop while I'm having trials so that I don't miss anything. And that is the stage I am in right now. If anyone has succeeded in getting the world to stop and wait for you to get through your problems, please share this information.
Now, let me tell you how the most graceful woman in the world handles her adversity: My friend. Saturday night her son (that I spoke of in my post on Friday) passed away. Yesterday afternoon, I was able to sit and visit with her. She told me she is worried about her 11 year old daughter. That she hopes she can find the right counselor to help her daughter through her grief. She told me that she hopes she can convey to her surviving four children that even though she loves her little boy, each of her children are important and special to her and her grief will not make her overlook them. She said she wasn't sure how she was going to get out of bed Sunday morning, but she prayed and asked God to help her make it through each hour one step at a time. And at that hour she said, He was holding her up. There is a long road ahead, but I have no doubt that with a woman like her leading her family, they will make it through this.