Well. Happily, Tom arrived home from South Africa late Monday afternoon, bearing gifts, and the four of us (yeah the cats, included) rejoiced. In awhile, our living room resembled Christmas, what with wrappings and gifts (and suitcases) strewn everywhere, but orderly me didn't mind a bit.
Then as the pork strips cooked upon the stove, I popped in here to the computer and oh dear, I saw that Robin Williams had committed suicide. I stepped back out to the kitchen to tell Tom and well, a shadow cloaked our evening while we considered the despair Robin must have experienced in order to end his life.
This is one of those sad things which is sadder than we can even fully know.
Tom had already arranged to have Tuesday off so to begin recovering from 7 weeks away and jet lag and as we reclined around the (still messy) living room, chatting and watching scandalous amounts of the 3rd season of Continuum, I thought this: "I'm thankful that Tom was home when I heard the news about Robin Williams. It's a comfort sitting around with him today while healing from the shock and quiet grief."
And that is one of the many reasons God gives us spouses and friends, of course.
But then I remembered one of my constant goals, namely, to let God become huge within me and all around me. To learn how to seek Him first for every single need I have because if I can do that? I'll always have what I truly need, because He's promised never to leave me on my own.
And well, friends, I've noticed, aren't too 24/7, having lives of their own and everything. Spouses come close at times, but most are away from home a lot working jobs, etc. My own spouse? Most likely he's heading back to South Africa in October, perhaps earlier.
And of course, there's the tiny matter that no one lives forever and friends and lovers have been known to one day be here, then the next, be gone.
So basically, I have just one 24/7 Friend who I'm assured will be around when hard times arrive (as they do often in this End Times World) and oh glorious day! He just happens to be the God of all comfort.
May I seek Him first and may I keep learning to receive (as opposed to running around forcing things or working formulas) all the comfort and joy and peace He's always holding out upon open hands.
" He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" ...Psalm 91:1
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail)." ... Psalm 55:22
"When you have a problem, do you run to the phone or the Throne?" ...Joyce Meyer
My very favorite Robin Williams film of all time? One which critics hated but I loved enough to watch at least 20 times? Hook.
My buddy, Dolores, shared this at Facebook and I found it so lovely and true: