Last week was A WEEK. No, not one of those “too-much-to-do, too-little-time” weeks. More like, “let’s-see-how-many-times-life-can-punch-you-in-the-gut-and-then-watch-you-try-to-get-back-up-again” type of weeks. We started out our week with a health scare, then four days later, my son and I got into a car accident–well, to be more accurate, a huge male deer ran into my car on the highway. (You literally CAN’T make this stuff up!) Although it’s insanely random and funny now, accidents like that usually end in major injuries or worse. The very next day I took a pretty intense fall. My doctor insisted that I go to the ER, and, as my hubby and I nonchalantly hung out in the hospital room, thinking everything was perfectly fine, we were informed that I was having contractions that were two minutes apart, a huge risk during pregnancy. In seconds, I, being only 28 weeks at the time, and my normally cool, calm and collected husband, began imagining the worst, with my anxiety building a mile a minute as the doctors ran numerous tests to see if I was in preterm labor. Thankfully, all of the tests came back negative, but the emotional turmoil that we had experienced over the past week was enough to completely flip our world upside down.
So why exactly was I inspired to create a post about this, especially after being majorly MIA on the blog? Because, even though I believe this was an example of “life happens,” I also believe that God stepped in to show me that I need to slow down. I, like many people, have a case of “Hurry Up” syndrome. My pregnancy has been a little rough this time around and frequently I find myself going through the motions, whether it be during daily activities with my son, counting down the months left in my pregnancy, rushing to do a million trillion things around the house or for work, etc. And I know for a fact that I am not the only one. So, despite all the things going on in my life at the moment (and the potential anxiety that is building as a result), I am taking this crazy turn of events over the past week as a sign that God has given not only me, but all of us, a beautiful life, and, as exhausting or mundane or uncomfortable as some of the aspects of our lives may be, everything can be taken away in an instant. So, if you do find yourself resentful, angry, impatient or annoyed at something or someone, think about how you would feel if five minutes later, that thing or person was gone. My advice? Slow down, get those extra cuddles in with your loved ones, unplug for a little while (seriously though) and take a few minutes throughout your day to thank God for all that’s going on in your life, good or bad. Every chapter in this life is temporary and you never know when one is going to come to an end.
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