Off grid or on grid living; it makes no difference when troubles come. I believe we are judged by those around us, whether we like it or not, on how we handle the obstacles we face in life. What began as a series of posts to remember and share our vacation to the Medora Musical and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, became a test on how we handle adversity when it comes. However, little did we know the greatest challenge was not the engine or being stranded, it was caring for our son’s emergency appendectomy less than a week later.
In the video, I wrap up my return from Columbus, MT. I also share the cascade failure of events that occurred within moments of being home. However, today, even as I type this post, the inverter has thrown a Low Battery code at the beginning of a beautiful, cloudless, summer morning. This means our battery bank, is beginning to fade at an exponential rate and will most likely not last until late fall when we really rely on it. (Sigh).
Life is full of struggles and right now many of you who are reading this post or watching this video are facing struggles right now of your own. You’re ready to throw your hands up in the air, like a bad rap song and stomp away from the mess. Yet, there is no place you can escape to that doesn’t have troubles of its own. I remember living a life riddled with student loan debt, a mortgage, we were one incident away from total financial collapse. During that time, I would sift through realtor.com for hours looking for land I could build my off grid “palace” and be free of all the financial stress my mortgage and student loans brought me. Now that the off grid dream has come to fruition, I still face troubles, just a different set of troubles.
Wherever you are, life will happen. And, life is messy. So, how can I encourage you today in the midst of this mess called life? I can speak about how my faith in Jesus brings a peace through the midst of the storms of life. I can talk about stepping back from the moment while in it. Thinking through each circumstance, but then surrendering to the outcome, whatever it is. I can talk about enjoying the part of life that the troubles have not touched directly, which could mean a free for all family water gun fight hours before an appendectomy.
I do know that I am tired, and I mean really tired. I see so much discord in the world, and I wonder how much of it is people transferring their problems, anxieties, and issues onto others. The world has enough trouble of its own for me to be adding to the quagmire of issues. So, my car’s engine blew up. Compared to our son’s appendectomy, the car is meaningless. I am in a cascade failure of events, and yet, I am strangely at peace with it.
Facing one problem at a time, and what is next will wait in line.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” 2nd Corinthians 1: 3-4