As I write this Smoke on the Wind column, I hope and pray that it will help anyone who has ever felt abandoned, neglected or forgotten, and has therefore become depressed. And maybe even indulged in a little self-pity. Well, I have a confession to make. Please, please, hang in here with me while I explain. God knows I need help, and He knows that you also need Him in your life for balance, harmony, and a joyful life.
I came home from University Park Nursing Center the end of June, after spending several weeks there in rehab. This was the result of having back surgery and a spinal fusion. I was really looking forward to receiving company from my friends who had told me they were going to come see me when I got home and help in any way they could. Well, it did not happen. There were many reasons why, and I want to share some of them with you. Please hang in here with me because this has a happy ending. OK – here are some of the reasons:
“I’ve just been so busy – but I thought about you a lot…I didn’t come to see you because I’ve been playing golf about every day…Do you have any idea how long a drive that would be for me?…We are praying for you, but we are too busy to come see you and anyhow we are getting ready to go on vacation…Why is it taking you so long to recover?…Call me when you are in town and let’s have lunch…We miss you at church, but none of us can come see you because we are just so busy.”
Well, folks, excuse me, but who would NOT become depressed and wonder what in the world is going on? I’m going to tell you now what is going on and it is real, true and wonderful. I have learned from a book that I have just finished reading for the second time. The title of the book is “Reposition Yourself – Living Life Without Limits” by T.D. Jakes. I have learned to let go and let God. I have learned to let go of some old habits, people, places, churches, and ministers that do not serve God or man very well. Yes, I have “repositioned” myself and am doing my best to live without self-pity, judgement, and depression. God help me, God help you, God help us all!
Let us pray.
Rev. Thomas Dancing Feather Ebbing
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