“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ~C.S. Lewis
The other guys started distancing themselves the last few weeks before Rick left. Rick said it’s what people do when others leave. They become aloof and angry at the ones leaving because they’re sad to be losing someone they have let themselves become friends with and angry because they are left behind. His counselor (the go to person for all the inmates in Rick’s camp) who had become a huge advocate for him while he was in there gave Rick his contact information so they could stay in touch…how…weird…is…that.
Not to mention it’s a huge pill to swallow writing that check when Rick never took any money from anyone. He lost all that he had from doing business with a person he thought was his friend. One bad decision ripples destruction…but not defeat. The Lord orchestrated it all and it…is…good.
I’ll be honest…I don’t really want to climb anymore mountains. I just want to sit back and coast for awhile. I just want to have my husband at home with his family and reconnect and not have to think about any of these challenges ahead. But the Lord's work is not done here.
Here’s a quote from the movie…“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice. We are all telling ourselves a story and that day mine changed.”