What really matters?

My heart is so heavy today. It hurts. The news of the Oklahoma tornado is just devastating  I spent the first 16 years of life just an hour down the road, so I think this hits home for me a little more. I still have family and friends in Oklahoma. Thank goodness, they are all safe.

Between the weather, the attacks on innocent people, and other news of people with illnesses (fast fwd this video to minute 14 and watch) it really makes me wonder, what matters?

Does this trial of infertility, really matter?! This question reminds me of my post back in June 2012, Joyful No Matter What, which puts things into perspective.

When we compare ourselves to the couples in the video above, or the world around us, we are so blessed. We both have great health, with no life threatening diseases. We have a roof over our head and food to eat on a daily basis. And, we have a God who loves us so much and has good plans for us. This is my prayer, that I remember daily, what really matters.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. Psalm 34:18

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12 Comments
  • Aubrey
    Posted at 22:07h, 21 May Reply

    It is so beyond sad what happened in OK! I’m glad all of your friends and family there are safe!

  • Nathalie Willmott
    Posted at 23:19h, 21 May Reply

    I’m glad your friends and family are okay! But yes tragedies do make us think of our priorities! xx

  • Lauren and Rob
    Posted at 01:23h, 22 May Reply

    I totally know how you feel…yesterday a police officer was hit by a car and had to be flown to the trauma center. We take for granted that we are able to be with our friends and families and have amazing lives.

    • TheLovelyUs
      Posted at 16:51h, 22 May Reply

      If you are taking about the one in the Arizona area, it’s a terrible tragedy. I am a friend of the family and seeing what they are going through just changes my views on my life and my struggles.

  • Egg Timer
    Posted at 13:29h, 22 May Reply

    I am glad that you friends and familiy are all safe in OK. It is a heartbreaking story whenever things like this happen.

  • jennandtommy
    Posted at 15:32h, 22 May Reply

    Stumbling across your post from ICLW, and reading the scriptures you’ve included have spoken volumes in my life right now. Thanks for that.
    -Jenn

  • TheLovelyUs
    Posted at 16:49h, 22 May Reply

    Hi from ICLW, I love love love your blog! Can’t wait to continue reading. I love your perspective, we do have a roof over our heads, we are healthy in the grand scheme of things we are a lot better off than some others.

  • Em
    Posted at 20:47h, 22 May Reply

    You know, I think that infertility definitely still matters. I think it matters a lot, even in the midst of horrible tragedies like this. But when things like this happen, it absolutely makes me grateful for what I have.

    • Em
      Posted at 02:05h, 23 May Reply

      I went back and read my comment and realized that it sounded like I was disagreeing with you. I want you to know that my words weren’t meant to be a disagreement but rather words of encouragement to let you know that it’s still totally okay to be sad about your infertility and to grieve what it steals from you on a daily basis. I hate that we infertiles always have to feel guilty about our sadness and compare it to the pain of others. I just meant to validate your struggle, even in the midst of the OK tragedy. I don’t want you (or any of us for that matter!) to feel guilty or like we have to minimize our own issues when awful things like this happens. Speaking of validation, I wrote about this very issue for Infertility Awareness Week because I struggle with minimizing infertility sometimes myself.

  • Haley A Hilton
    Posted at 23:05h, 22 May Reply

    very grateful for the gifts I have! Thanks, Caroline!

  • mylovelosslife
    Posted at 16:10h, 23 May Reply

    Hi from ICLE – tragedy really helps put life in perspective

  • Emily
    Posted at 16:41h, 23 May Reply

    The Oklahoma tragedy has really been quite a reality check hasn’t it? That night when we first saw the news all hubby and I kept saying is, “See how blessed and fortunate we are!” Even when there are obstacles that are seemingly unsurmountable in life, things like this definitely help us stay grateful.

    P.S. Just found your blog today and added you to my blog list. I’ll be staying tuned. 🙂

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