We visited Elaine today and brought her a favorite milkshake. She exclaimed as Connie and I entered the room of her gladness to see us as well as the chocolate milkshake. She drank the treat with gusto. With each slurp a little bit of joy encouraged her despite a throbbing pain level of 8 on a 10 point scale.
Simple pleasures are vital regardless of mobility. A change of scenery, favorite food, even people variety all help one to gain perspective. Just for a brief time, a different focus can enlighten our thinking with fresh, new vision.
As my sister continues to endure quadriplegic hardships with limited mobility, Elaine welcomes visitors as they bring their outside world to her. She asks them what is new and takes personal interest in their news. In that she momentarily puts aside her ongoing challenges to focus on others who take the time to visit her world.
Prayer: Remind us, Lord, to refresh ourselves with godly variety when the mundane overpowers our finite world view. Help us to use Your creation to refocus and regroup when feeling trapped and challenged by events beyond our control. In Jesus, name…Amen.