Thursday, May 26, 2016
Working at a church sponsored event this past weekend, I livened things up by purchasing some helium filled happy face balloons. Personally, I hate mylar balloons and here is why: when they enter my home, they follow me. And I don't imagine this, it's a standing joke in our family. No matter where the balloons are put, down in the basement, back in a bedroom; they come out, sneaking with quiet stealth and appear behind me!
It's is QUITE DISTURBING!!
But, against my better judgment I bought them anyway and although they were fastened to weights and sat on top of a wall several feet behind me, they kept finding a way to bump themselves into my head. After complaining about them, one of the parishioners told me, "Well, you know how smoke follows beauty, right?" I nodded. "Well, smiley balloons follow joy!"
What's a God fearing Christian Catholic supposed to do? Even hermits aren't immune to the stresses in life...they have to grow their food, work and toil and Mother Nature doesn't always do them favors either.
This is where your prayer life comes in. If you don't have one, get started! Prayer doesn't take away our worries, anxieties or stress but it makes it all more do-able. The other day while getting a check up my doctor told me my blood pressure was up. I've been watching what I eat, working out several times a week, but the one thing I hadn't changed was stressing out. It's a hard thing to do, letting go of the stress. Yet my own body was giving me warning signs. Cut out the stress or you're doomed to deal with blood pressure issues. Argh... Really, truly giving God all my stress and worries had fallen down in my list of things to do each morning. Why is it so very hard to remember that I can't do all this stuff and it really has to be given away to the Father who loves us and can do it for me?
Far from having all the answers, we humans keep struggling with the idea of 'letting go and letting God.' No matter how long we've been on this earth and know better, we still have to be reminded to let it go.
So while I remember to let God deal with all my anxious worries today I'm going to invent a new hat, one that has a clip on the front where I can hang a sign in front of my face that reads: "Let It Go, Lisa! Let It Go!