In that moment, his beautiful grandchildren and the gorgeous scenery went unnoticed. His focus was riveted on the dirty screen.
In any given situation, we have a choice of views. We can choose to concentrate on what is right in front of us, a few feet or yards in front of us or we can look further into the distance at the long-range view.
I sat last week, sharing the yucky post-surgery woes of my husband, thinking of the unsuccessful venture to remove the tumors from his spine. I looked up at the panorama outside my dear Wise One’s 9th floor hospital room and thought of that little story. I too had choices before me.
I could look at the flies on the screen of our present situation
- · The fears about possible growth of the tumors and consequent paralysis.
- · The treatment and side effects.
- · The plans that would have to be cancelled.
- · The end of life as we knew it and the journey with cancer that would dominate our days.
- · The pain and suffering that may be involved
But I realized I could instead choose to focus on what is right in front of me:
- · The wonderful support of our families.
- · The amazing prayer support of our churches, friends and their churches and friends of our friends.
- · The wonderful gift God gave Paul and I in bringing us together in this season of our lives.
- · The days, and by God’s grace, months and perhaps years we may still have.
- · The loving and committed care of the nurses, the skills of our doctors and other support staff.
I can also look beyond the screen
- · to the tapestry of my life in the larger view of God’s presence woven through the pattern of my years,
- · the rich hues, dark and light, with which he coloured my days.
- · And far off on the horizon and beyond the skies, the promise of eternal life with my Lord and God and reuniting with those I love.
What a view!
Ruth Smith Meyer