Rainy Days and Chocolate Pudding

Rainy Days and Chocolate Pudding

Pi Day 3/14/15

We’ve fallen into a stretch of rainy weather around western North Carolina. The color of the week seems to be gray. I’ve been semi-immobile due to knee surgery and I have found how easy it is to fall into the doldrums just sitting around the house. To paraphrase Tom Robbins: “…It’s winter, the springtime of death. Rain spatters the rotting leaves, and a wild wind wails. Death is singing in the shower. Death is happy to be alive.” Wow! How eloquently depressing! But just when I seem headed toward the bottom of the barrel; God steps in to show me that miracles occur in the strangest of places.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.” Ecclesiastes 4:9

Reaching out when I’m down in the dumps is like a math test. It is something that does not come easily to me. When my heart is heavy and downcast, I get very self-focused. I feel isolated from the rest of the world and think that “no one understands” what it’s like to have my problems. My knee hurts. I’m not working. I haven’t been to church much in the last month. Blah, blah, blah!

Denny Trousdale’s dad is experiencing some hard times too. Not that he’s complaining. Oh, get him started and he’ll tell a tale or two and laugh right out loud. Hard. God stepped in and nudged me to go see the elder Trousdale and visit. And I did! I enjoyed myself immensely. So God puts it on my heart to reach out to a friend and ask how he’s doing, and offer to pray with him, and it takes the focus off of me. Without realizing it, I start to feel better and more connected to the rest of humanity.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

So I ask Denny senior if there was anything I could get for him and he replied that he loved him some chocolate pudding. I told him that the next day I would bring him some pudding and help him eat it. And so, I did. I can’t tell you how good that one small act made me feel. Just realizing that there is someone else in the universe besides myself was all it took to chase the gray away.

Life can be really tough. Yes there are moments of joy and beauty, but there are also times of sorrow, pain, disappointment, and loss.

In those darker times in life it can be difficult to see a way out. But there is hope, even on those cold rainy gray days God is in the background lovingly prodding us toward His light.

"For You light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness."

Psalm 18:28