So, Blossy and I wanted to tell you The Parable of the Lumberjack — it’s about facing setbacks in life, which is this week’s theme for “She Blossoms.” Then I asked my She Blossoms Facebook Group members how they cope with setbacks.
Their responses are better than an old parable (oops, sorry Jesus, no offense! What’s that you say? The Lumberjack Parable isn’t one of yours, so it’s okay? Phew.).
Here’s what Blossy and I decided: we’d share two responses from our Facebook group, and then share the parable. The best of both worlds! After the parable below, you’ll find Blossy “slaying” a dragon — it’s the first dragon I’ve ever drawn.
Overcoming Setbacks in Life
Here’s what C said, about facing setbacks:
“I think setbacks are part of the healing process. We all go through different trials in our life. I have been through many difficult things in my life, however the loss of my husband has by far been the most painful. I realize that grief in itself is a journey. The more we love, the harder the grief. When I find myself in tears, it is just a reminder of the profound, once in a lifetime love that I was lucky enough to experience. I focus on what I had vs. what I lost, and I look up for I know he and God are watching over me…always.”
And, B said:
“I’m 63 and not where I dreamed I would be at this place in my life. But I have been thinking, and I believe God has a reason for everything, so we must be where He wants us. There is no way to know His ways, so I have to accept where I am. It is so hard, but we need to look forward. Just remember God loves you!”
The Parable of the Lumberjack
Once upon a time, a lumberjack walking through the forest saw Mama Bird building her nest at the top of a tall tree. He knew the tree would be felled soon. She would lose her home and babies. So, the lumberjack pounded the trunk with the back of his ax. Mama Bird was disrupted and broken-hearted, and had to find a new place to build her nest. She chose another tree and started to rebuild.
But that tree, too, was slated for a fall. Again the lumberjack shook the tree so hard Mama Bird — getting annoyed — was forced to fly away. She landed on a third tree. The lumberjack returned and it happened again! She lost her nest. Confused and cross, Mama Bird built her nest atop a high rock, sheltered from the sun, rain and wind. She was finally safe, never to be shaken.
Every setback you face is the lumberjack shaking your tree, telling you to move to a higher, better, safer place. Instead of dwelling on the pain and discouragement of facing a setback, stay focused on the signs your broken heart is healing.
Blossy “Slays” the Dragon
One more Facebook comment — I have to share it because it’s been making me laugh all day…
“I can’t wait for Glossy to dance into a book so I can read her everyday and share her with friends who are not on Facebook! Thank you Laurie for bringing her into our lives!”
Love it :-) Maybe Blossy needs a little sister called Glossy…
Help Overcoming Setbacks – She Blossoms
5 Key Tips for Writers on How to Overcome Setbacks – Setbacks in your writing career are inevitable; giving up as a writer is optional. These tips for overcoming setbacks when you’re writing your book will take you beyond the proposal. It’s time to venture into the wonderland of signing a publishing contract, writing towards a manuscript deadline, and working with editors on your traditionally published book.
How to Overcome Setbacks to Healing a Broken Heart – Every healing process involves discouraging, sometimes painful setbacks — and healing your broken heart after a breakup or loss is no different.
What to Do When Grief Overwhelms You – Unexpected waves of grief overwhelm you at unexpected, sometimes awkward times. Coping with setbacks in the grieving process when you’re home alone is one thing — but what do you do in the grocery store or at your kids’ school? Nothing prepares you for this part of the grieving process.
With His love,