I spent Monday helping a family move into their new Habitat home. It was a great day for moving and we got a lot accomplished by evening. The house is beautiful and very much theirs. The kids were very excited about their new home and new rooms. What a wonderful fresh start and new beginning for them. It is wonderful to be a part of something so good and so right. I was not able to help as much as I hoped with the actual building of the home so I was grateful to be able to help out on moving day along with some others. Habitat is a wonderful organization that has it right by giving a hand up, not a hand out. People need a chance to get a hand up when life has beaten them done.
As I was moving and reflecting on how much help the mom was willing to receive from us and others, I wondered if my pride would hinder me from ever receiving or asking for such help. It is very difficult for me to ask or receive help. Here this mom was letting us unpack boxes and put away kitchen supplies wherever we decided. Here this mom was letting a variety of people come through her home and look through her possessions. That would be challenging for me. I wondered if she was always this open to this or if the situations that she has found herself in the past two years has stretched her to this point. I was mindful that I need to get to the point where I can ask for help – hopefully without having life force me.
I’m taking some vacation days this week before I lose them for 2005. There are some house projects that need time and some dates planned with friends and family. Today I enjoyed some time outdoors with the beautiful weather. I was walking and at one point felt tremendous warmth from the sun on my face. That is such healing medicine for my soul. Thank you, Lord, for the warmth and sunshine of today. What a gift of hope that spring is coming . . .
Peace – Melissa