A Drudgery or the Wind

Two weeks or a blink of the eye?

Two weeks ago my wife went under the knife as a sacrificial rite of passage, if you will, to welcome new life…our beautiful, sweet, amazing baby girl! She is perfect, and we could not have asked for anyone more suitable and fitting to join our wild and crazy clan. God indeed has a plan, and it is a plan for good as He told us in Jeremiah.

Yet, while these two weeks flew by, they simultaneously felt like an eternity. For when one struggles, we perceive our struggles to be everlasting, insurmountable, and devastating.

As is His Way with perfect timing, today’s readings at Mass provided warm comfort for the trials that we have been enduring over the last two weeks. For example, the first reading was taken from Job and dramatically dives right in to some of the most horrendous hurt and despair.

“Job spoke, saying:

Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?

Remember that my life is like the wind;

I shall not see happiness again.”

Wow! Can you imagine the hurt, despair, and hopelessness you must endure in order for those words to come out of you?!?

The beautiful Truth found in Job is that we are not alone in our suffering. Instead, we learn that suffering is universal; we all endure it. We all are capable of succumbing to it and falling into despair. Thankfully, we do not need to remain lost there. Christ came and Suffered in the Garden, experiencing our own deep despair to the point where He begged that the cup be passed from Him and perspired blood! Then, He went on to be brutally beaten, heinously mistreated, and then mercilessly Crucified…all for Love of us.

For the last two weeks, the Niotis’ have experienced some pain, suffering, despair, and hopelessness. During our trials, we turned to social media and the internet to solicit prayers from strangers, acquaintances, friends, and family.

I would be remiss if I neglected to tell you how through amazing friend’s God was able to alleviate a huge chunk of the problems we were facing. For example, our deck stairs have been replaced, our damaged kitchen pipe has been repaired, my wife’s pain is being managed and treated by her OBGYN, and friends have been flocking over to bring us delicious meals.

While I reflect over the last two weeks and see what all we have been through, who has gone out of their way to help us, and how obvious it is that God never abandoned us, I shudder with awe. Further, I realize that although I might have succumbed some to the suffering presented to us, I am thankful to say that I never truly reached the point of despair like where Job extolled his forever-separation from happiness or accosted life, calling it a drudgery.

And that, my friends, is something to be thankful for. So too, friendship. So too, modern medicine. So too, a God who comes down to our level, even our darkest depths to bring Light and Healing and Love.

I pray that Love finds you where you are right now. Since this pray has been made, you will need not look too far to find Love enveloping you.

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