Monday, July 12, 2010

A Heart at Rest



I don't think I have ever gone this long without blogging! My recuperation continues. My surgeon says the recovery process will be slower than most patients, but he is still hopeful for a good outcome.

I was surprised last week when cards started pouring in from the East Hill Church of Christ in Pulaski, Tenn., until I received the sweetest letter from one of the members. Pamela Christopher shared these beautiful thoughts with me, which I hope she will not mind my sharing. She gave me such a wonderful perspective on suffering, and I think it can be a blessing to you as well.

Lying in bed can be quite trying, but I pray your sickness will prove to be a blessing in disguise. An illness pulls us out of the rat race of human existence and allows time for introspection.

Just as the rests in a musical score are as important as the notes that are played, so can the rests in our lives be as beneficial as all our frenzied activities. If you look back over the melody of your own life, undoubtedly you can understand how beautiful the rests have been.

It has been said that for health and wealth to be appreciated, they must be interrupted. We all tend to take a good back for granted when we are well.

"Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily" (Isaiah 58:8). 

I'm praying that whether you find yourself in a season of busyness or rest, that your heart rests in the assurance of God's abiding love today.

17 comments:

Gingasia said...

Beautiful!:)

Free Pretty Things For You said...

what blessings those words are!!!
missing you sweet sister!!
xoxo
Keren

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Melissa, I just said a prayer for you! May the Author of all healing bring you back to complete health!
Beautiful post today! And a wonderful reminder.
Yvonne

Carol said...

Wow, what sweet thoughts she shared! How blessed you were to receive this encouraging note! You remain in my thoughts.
Carol in GA

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing your friend's message, even as you recuperate. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers, Melissa. The best to you. Susan

Rach said...

What a very sweet letter. It's so true!!

Hope you keep recovering well. Nice to hear from you. I've missed your blogs!

Anonymous said...

Sweet note from your friend. I am sorry this recovery is taking so long. I know it must be difficult with summer in full swing and four active kids to take care of.

I was glad to read your post today. i was worried when you were gone so long.

Debbi

Tracy said...

It's great to hear from you, Melissa! I'll be praying for your recovery. May God bless you. :)

Shell in your Pocket said...

Wow...I have been missing in action...I had no idea! I hope you feel better soon and our surgery was a success!!!

pray for your mom too!

sandy toe

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, I am so glad to hear from you, and I pray that your healing will continue to manifest. Big, big hugs, and enjoy this break!

XOXOXO,

Sheila :-)

Joanne Kennedy said...

I've been keeping you in my thoughs and prayers. Sure hope you are up to your old self in no time flat.

Hugs,
Joanne

Jennifer Driver said...

Even though I get to chat with you, I've been missing your blog posts! I'm praying for you every day and can't wait for you to fully recover! Miss you and love you 'sis!

Sewconsult said...

Prayers are being said for you. I hope you will be back to yourself in no time. I do so enjoy your blog.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

BECKY said...

Praying for you Melissa...that the Lord will touch your body, and heal you completely. What lovely words to read during a difficult time. I had an emergency appendectomy the first week of the year, and know about life interruptions. I am of course all better, and learned several valuable lessons during that time that I think have helped make me a better person...something I'm always striving for in Christ.

May God give your heart peace, and strength to your body.
Sweet blessings to you,
Becky

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glor said...

What a beautiful letter, what a beautiful faith filled woman. Sending a prayer for continued healing and complete recovery. God's blessings.

Alaina said...

What a beautiful note from Pamela. So encouraging for us all. Praying you are baking again soon! I am truly amazed at your talent!!!

By the way, you mentioned little Lily a while back. Has there been any more news? I think of her often and wondered if there might be an update. Thanks.

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