Love Remains

stary night 1There’s a learning curve when it comes to living in quarantine. You don’t get it right the first try or two. You see, making your house a chemical-free zone is complicated. I was able to do the obvious things like getting rid of all perfumes and detergents, and locking smelly keepsakes in a closed room—but there were other things that I had to learn the hard way. For instance, I learned that the fireplace needed sealed with plastic sheeting after wind blew smoke from burning ditches down the chimney. I learned to block off the kitchen exhaust fan when my neighbors were using a cherry picker and the exhaust from the machine filled the attic and flooded the kitchen. And I learned to seal off my windows with tape and plastic wrap after one horrible night when the house flooded with an unknown noxious smell from outside.

roadway darkIt was late at night when the noxious smell hit, and before I knew what was happening, the whole house was full of the stinky odor. Instantly, I became very ill. My mother and father voluntarily lived a “quarantine-safe” lifestyle so I could be around them, and they rallied to my side that night. While Mom stayed behind to try and clear the smell out of the house, my father took me for a drive to get away from it.

As we took off down the road, I can remember being in incredible pain. Muscle knots were forming all over my body, and it felt like a knife was being driven into my stomach. My heart was beating erratically, and I was having trouble breathing. As my father drove us deep into farming country, I laid back in my seat and concentrated on pulling air into my lungs and pushing it out again. Suddenly, I knew I was going to vomit.

star night personDad pulled to the side of the road, and I staggered over to a ditch. I can remember standing in the pitch dark getting ready to experience the awful indignity of tossing my cookies, when suddenly something caught my eye. We were on a back country road far away from light pollution, and in the darkness, the stars were burning brightly in the sky. The sight was incredibly beautiful. I can remember watching in awe as a falling star left a burning trail across the midnight sky. At that moment, I realized that my illness, my trials, the fact that I was getting ready to vomit in a ditch—all of it—wasn’t really that big of a deal. In the grand scheme of things, this moment in time—tragic and horrible as it was—would pass. Eventually, it would be forgotten. Time would take the sting away.

At that moment, as I looked up at the stars, I felt peace.

galaxy roadDad joined me, and together we paced back and forth on that dark, lonely road. He held my hand and helped me walk. The motion began to stretch my knotted muscles and calm my rolling stomach. Dad squeezed my hand and talked to me—I can’t remember about what—but what I do remember is the love in his voice.

As I walked that road with my father, another realization hit me. Not only does pain pass away—but love always remains. I knew that the memory of my muscle knots would fade, but I would always remember the squeeze of Dad’s hand and the sound of his gentle voice—I would always remember how much he cared.

Life is made up of moments—some bad and some good. The thing that I learned on that dark, lonely road is that pain fades, but love remains.

I think that’s beautiful.

 

rock heartAnd now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Love Remains

  1. Cherrilynn Bisbano

    Thank you for being so open and honest. You went through such a difficult ordeal. You bring hope to others. God bless you as you continue to cling to Him.

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  2. And your life experience once again confirms what Paul said in I Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

    I’m so grateful you are recording your amazing moments for those who will take the time to see the pure truth of God’s Word. God doesn’t say everything is good; but, He does say He works “all things together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren” (Romans 8:28-29 NAS)

    On that dark road, in the middle of the pain and fear, I’m sure you never realized the good God was going to bring out of those very terrible years. But not only did He give you a loving earthly father, He also gave you the strength to live to tell His story! And now you’re sharing your faith and hope, and His love! Blessings upon blessings, sweet friend.

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  3. So profound. In many ways we are victims of the earthly element of time in which pain is locked into that space, But love transcends time and lasts forever. Such a miracle! Love you Danele and your thoughts you make concrete!

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  4. Renette Steele

    Danele,
    Thank you for sharing your heart and your pain with us. So much we can learn from you and the trials you had to endure. Thank you for the reminder that the greatest is love from family and mostly from the LORD. We are never truly alone. GOD is so good in the ways He revels that to us.
    You are so good in showing us and reminding us of so many of His truths.
    Here is a truth I know, you are loved beyond measure by Him and you show His love to so many for Him. Thank you for showing it to me, Love you tons but GOD loves you best!

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  5. Ann Ellison

    Another beautiful post. I haven’t had to deal with some of the things you have gone through, but I do know with what I have gone through I can affirm with no doubts that love remains.

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    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed this post, Ann! Thanks for your sweet words. I love the fact that love remains! I think that love is a little slice of heaven here on earth. I hope you have a really great week! Thanks for taking the time to make my day special! ❤

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  6. Caryl McAdoo

    Another beautiful post, Danele! You have such gifts…one to notice even the smallest things, another to remember them, and a third very evident is your writing. You touch people’s hearts, and that is a gift! 🙂 Bless you and your writing! ANd hugs and love! I’m so thrilled that God has crossed our life paths!

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    1. Dear Caryl, I’m so glad that God let our paths cross too!!! You’ve been such a blessing to me! I’m so happy that we are friends! ❤ Thank you so much for your lovely compliments! I really appreciate them! I spent so many years unable to communicate. It's nice to know that God is giving me the ability to communicate now. Thanks for your encouragement!

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