You’ve heard the quote, I’m sure. The one that boldly declares this life to be a journey and not a race. It’s most often served with a side of deep relief. And as delightful and deeply satisfying as it truly is, how is it that we habitually drift to ordering more frenzied options? Until it’s the only choice we have, that is. Then we come back to the basics. The comfort food of enjoying the journey, if you will.
The narrowing of choices usually comes in one unwelcome moment for which we feel completely unprepared. Yet, time has a way of softening the shock and somewhere along the way we get to choose to see the blessing over the lack.
That’s what it seems to come down to, doesn’t it? This idea of lack. But what is lack, really? Maybe it’s not at all what we believed it to be in the first place. Maybe “lack” is simply choosing not to look for the blessings hiding in the dish we’ve been served. The one we never ordered.
The journey … it’s not a race …
Just over eight months ago I shared my brother Andy’s Glioblastoma diagnosis. Definitely not what any of us had ordered. We were shocked and dismayed. Then we were prayed for and amazed. Now we are hopeful and blessed.
We’re hopeful in knowing that in just over eight weeks, Andy and Liz will actually be returning to Russia to continue the work they’ve done there for almost 20 years. We never dared dream of such a thing just a handful of months ago. Months that have provided an opportunity to savor the feast of days we’ve been served.
… or is it?
We’re blessed to join with others this next weekend as we participate in a race to help others on the toughest journey of their lives. Much of my family will be
running walking to raise money for brain cancer research. We’re running in honor of Andy.
We’re running in memory of Susie Witty, my cousin’s sister, whose journey was cut short of what her family would have ordered. But oh what a journey it was! She was an occupational therapist certified in hand care. She used her own hands to bring hope to others. From people overcoming disabilities in Haiti to those affected by leprosy in India.
Next weekend we are running a race. And though you may not be able to sweat alongside us, we would welcome your encouragement for those fighting brain cancer. You can find more details and join our team, “Those Witty Leiningers“. You can find more details and join our team to make the toughest of journeys just a little better for others.