Something that I’ve noticed in my experience of both caring for those who are suffering and being one who has suffered is that we just want to get them to the end of the tunnel. We just need to make them all better, and then we can move on with our lives. What is more difficult, and more needed, is being willing to walk in the darkness with the suffering until they get to that point on their own timing. Suffering is not meaningless. It is part of our earthly journey, and God uses it to teach us things we could not have learned otherwise. Let’s start acting like we believe that.
Poem 45 of 365 –
With concerned eyes you ask,
“Are you okay?”
“I’m getting there.” I reply and try to smile for you.
You grin back, and start to comment on the weather,
Like you’ve accomplished your task.
You seem to forget that
“I’m getting better” doesn’t mean “okay.”
Don’t you see “I’m getting there” and won’t arrive today?
I’m glad you treat my progress
Like a success
But keep in mind that I’m on my way
And I’m not there yet.