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Live With It

Jacob wrestled with God through the night (Genesis 32:24.) God touched his hip and it was wrenched. His name was changed. “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”(28)

For the rest of his life Jacob walked with a limp. He had to change his behaviour and live with it. Perhaps he carved himself a walking stick. Perhaps his family had to help him sit down and rise. Life would never be the same again. He had to live with a new normal.

My six-year-old granddaughter has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. After a week’s stay in hospital she now has to monitor her blood sugar carefully, watch what she eats and always be aware of her condition. Life will never be the same again for her or her family. Habits and routines have to change. It’s something they need to learn to live with. A new normal.

We all have something that has changed our lives and we now have to live with a new normal. It might be a medical condition, loss of a loved one, change in financial circumstances. There are many kinds of losses from bereavement to job loss to displacement. We need to grieve our loss appropriately and then learn to live with it.

Life is not a fairy tale with a happily ever after ending. However, it is a story. It is our story and the decisions and actions we choose today influence the end. We can choose to be happy, even while we live with the new normal.

Although we might have to live with it, we don’t have to do it on our own. Paul tells us: “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength but with your testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

My Prayer

Lord please give me:

The gratitude to appreciate all the good things in my life, The attitude of trust to know that You will help me through my challenges, griefs and losses, and the latitude to look around and notice others who might need my help in learning to live with their new normal. Amen.

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Knopkieries

On Friday we made the ten hour journey back home. We had an uneventful but enjoyable journey, enlivened by two pit stops. At the second one, just beyond Harrismith, we sat under a thatch-roofed picnic area and ate our egg mayonnaise sandwiches and drank our Pepsi Max. Nearby a man was selling walking sticks with a knob at one end like a knopkierie. I was thinking about buying one but wasn’t sure what they cost, so didn’t want to show too much interest. I had drawn R200 for the journey and had already spent some of it.

A man in his fifties walked past with one of the walking sticks. I asked him what it had cost.

“R150,” he replied, “as the Bible says, one good deed a day keeps the devil away.”

I queried whether that was really in the Bible, because I had never come accross it.

“It’s in my bible,” he said, “That’s what I taught my kids.”

Those words inspired me and made up my vacillating mind. It was now not so much about acquiring a walking stick, but helping support a craftsman who was providing for his family.

When we went closer to look at the sticks, we found out the man’s name was Steven. He made the sticks from teak railway sleepers, using only hand tools. Each one was beautifully crafted and decorated with different patterns. I bought one and my husband gave Steven the last of our little booklets of John’s Gospel that we had been given.

Whenever I use my walking stick, I will remember how a stranger’s words had acted as God’s guidance and how I was blessed to meet an interesting fellow South African.

Prayer

Dear Lord, today may I be attentive to people, situations and interruptions so that my ears are open to Your voice and I may see You more clearly in everyday life. Amen.