Sunday, December 19, 2010

Breathing Deeply...

Friday was actually quite a unique day.  Yesterday, I mentioned about the fun I had with friends J & B, at Franco's restaurant.  But, in the evening I did something I never dreamed I would ever do.

I went for a ride on a school bus.  Gasp!

You read correctly!  It was shocking to me, too.  If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that in 1980, I was driving a school bus in Brampton, had just dropped off 53 children and was hit by a tractor-trailer driver, who had admittedly been awake too long, had taken pills to stay awake and apologized to me, for...stopping and only having a few beer, before passing out and entering the intersection, hitting my bus and narrowly missing colliding with another bus in the intersection, filled with children.

You'll also know that I indeed did try to go back to work, once I thought I was capable of doing so.  Unfortunately, I could not handle it physically, nor emotionally.  And, still suffer from the effects of this collision.

But, be a passenger on a school bus?  Never!

Okay, while in Europe, Gordon and I travelled on a Eurolines' bus (sort of like our Greyhound bus) from time to time, which is actually a coach, not a school bus.  But, actually get on a school bus, again?  Wow!  Believe me, it wasn't easy.

In fact, I had no intention of doing this, but my Amherstburg friends A and K & B, kept insisting I needed to join them and the other seniors from Harrow Baptist Church for their tour of Christmas lights.  They actually wore me down, until I gave in to their request.

I must admit, I was apprehensive about doing this, after agreeing to do so.  In fact, I almost called and backed out.  In my heart of hearts, I knew that they wanted to help make my time more full, rather than feeling empty, as I had been feeling.  So, I went.

Arriving at Harrow Baptist Church, exactly at 6:30 pm, the bus was running.  It seemed everyone was in the church and not on the bus, except for one sole man that I sat in front of.  Just after I was seated, everyone else climbed aboard.  Believe me when I say that I was practicing deep breathing, in an effort to stay as relaxed as possible, under the circumstances.  Even so, my heart was in my throat.

My friend A had her husband N with her, so they were a couple; as were my friends K & B, who sat across the aisle from me.  At first I felt rather alone.  I had thought of this; feeling like a fifth (5th) wheel.  It would have been nice if I was part of a couple, and not a solo.  But, God helped me.  As it turned out, I didn't feel left out.

Then, the man behind me spoke with me and I realized I had known J years earlier.  J was quite a talker.  In fact, he carried most of the conversation going, near me.

We enjoyed Christmas lights in the area and made our way into Amherstburg for the special Christmas Lighting programme the town was exhibiting.   Beautiful.  Just beautiful.

We stopped at the apartment of one of the church members, who lived in town.  There, about 30 of us enjoyed refreshments and a time of fellowship.  We sang Christmas carols and basically just enjoyed ourselves, before returning to Harrow.

Thank you A, K & B for talking me into joining you and your church group.  Even though the bus issue and singing Silent Night twice, was stressful, I know it was good for me to have done this.  God helped me through it and I am grateful.  Thank you.  May God bless you, richly.

God is in control.  He's in control of everything.  Even when we feel like things are out of control.  Praise God.  Thank You, Jesus.

Until next time...

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