I knew it was it was a Rhetorical question but I couldn’t resist the quick comeback. “What do you do when life throws you a curved ball?” Doug asked this morning. “Duck!” was my short response. He was standing in front of the mirror about to shave when he spoke almost to himself. I laughed, “Sorry love; couldn’t resist that one.” I knew he was thinking about Lindy Chamberlain and her nightmare experience and said as much. “You’re right!” he responded, “I was.”
That got me thinking about curved Balls. You can’t duck them, they come much too fast for that, they are on you before you know it. The first curved ball that came our family’s way was probably Doug’s mum dying when he was only six years old. (see ‘icecreams’ page 188) Daniel our grandson will be six in a few weeks; it’s hard to imagine it happening to someone so young. But it does.
The truth is that if you are alive on this earth, then, if it hasn’t happened already, sooner or later life will throw you a curved ball or two, (or ten). Some just brush past your cheek and some flatten you by hitting you fair and square in the forehead. Without faith in God I don’t know how people cope. A promise from Proverbs comes to mind. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight. (3:5-6)
Grace, Doug’s Mum, Taken in the mid 1920’s at the Maryborough hospital where she worked. She was probably between eighteen and twenty when it was taken.(She married at 21 in 1926)
Footnote: Lindy Chamberlain was inspiring. Although there were moments when many eyes were filled with unshed tears, at no point did she look for sympathy. She encouraged us to put our trust in God as she had. Because of Lindy’s fight for justice laws have been changed in a number of States in Australia.