I woke up this morning to a storm blowing outside…rain, wind, thunder. Actually, it’s been raining now for days. It’s the kind of weather that makes me want to curl up in my favorite chair, put a good movie on the TV and veg with a cup of coffee and my fuzzy blanket.
Interestingly enough, the harshness of the wind cleared up just as quick as it had started. It’s still dreary out, but much calmer than before. And it’s cold. Did I mention that. Cold and my body don’t go together very well. Neither does heat. Cold stiffens me and heat weakens me.
I call the struggles we go through in life “storms.” Storms because although they have the potential to turn our lives upside down, send everything into chaos and create massive devastation, they never last forever. Every storm has an end, no matter how fierce or destructive it may be.
If you are in the middle of a storm right now, hang on. The wind may be blowing and the rains may be pouring down, you may be experiencing a volcanic eruption or even an earthquake that is breaking apart everything around you, but your storm will end. The winds will cease, the trembling will stop, the clouds will clear, and the sun will shine once again.
I know it’s hard to see any good when everything around you seems to be falling apart. It’s not easy to rest when you’re dealing with a chronic illness and everything that comes along with it. Most of the time, you feel like you are living in a perpetual season of storms, pains and heartbreaks. But in the middle of all the symptoms and craziness, know that you are not alone.
We are in this together…you and I. We are going to pull each other through the hard times and find the smiles that are so each to lose. Today can be the best of times or the worst of times, but you get to choose hope over fear.
Hang on to hope for a better day and a cure for MS. Hope is what gets you through the struggles and helps you rest when you’re weary. Hope is what wakes you up in the morning and pushes you through your day. Hope is what clears the cloudy skies allowing the sun to shine in the middle of a downpour. Hope is what lifts you up when you are too weak to even move.
Even if you don’t see it right now.
Hang on to hope!