A Wyoming cowboy was once asked what was the greatest lesson he’d learned from his experiences of ranching.
“The Herefords taught me one of life’s most important lessons,” he replied. “We used to breed cattle for a living, but the winter storms would come and kill ’em off. It would take a terrible toll on the herd.
Time and time again, after a cold winter storm, we’d find most of our cattle piled up against the fences, dead as door nails.
They would turn their backs to the icy wind, and slowly drift downward until the fences stopped them. There, they just piled up and died.
But the Herefords were different than that,” he continued. “They would head straight into the wind and slowly walk the other way until they came to the upper boundary fence where they stood, facing the storm.
We always found our Herefords alive and well. They saved their hides by facing the storm.”
How many of you have faced with adversity in your life?
Have you been faced with hard economic times, sickness, death, or other trials in your life?
How well were you able to cope with the challenges that you were facing at the time?
How well were able to the weather the storm in life that you were in?
When a problem arises in your life, you have to face it before you can fix it. Facing life’s storms brings renewed strength, hope and power for living.
Losing the function of most of my body was not acceptable to me. I wanted miraculous improvements – now! It didn’t happen that way. To get where I wanted to go was a struggle. Bit by bit, inch by inch, I did the little things, the possible, the achievable, I weathered the storms to one day get the big things Done.
If you are facing a storm in your life – health, financial, relational – I beg you to determine right now that you WILL look for the positive in every single day. I know there were numerous days while I walked in the “valley of the shadow” that it was difficult not to be consumed by the letdowns and bad news. I also know that our determination to find the positive, no matter how small, played a large role in helping us ride out our storm.
In his book, “The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer,” Art Berg wrote, “Life changes. It is the nature of life to do so. For those in this life who choose not to change, life will change for you. And it is always more painful that way.” Life has changed for my family and me. However uncomfortable that change may be, it is up to me to decide how to respond.
To regret the experience is to regret the lesson – because the lesson is inextricably contained in the experience. Too often when changes occur and our circumstances are not as we planned, we tend to focus on what we lost, what we’ve missed, what’s gone wrong, who is to blame, and “why me.” We are not accepting the reality of our changed circumstance or the opportunity those changed circumstances present. We ignore the gift of change and delay our progress.
A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.