In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed the fact that after I returned home from attending the 50+ group luncheon, I was so-o exhausted, I had a nap.
I must say that the nap was a short one. Only about 20 minutes long. Still, I was grateful for the relief I felt, when I awoke, once again.
Off I went and picked up a fellow that I met a while back at the library. I thought his wife was joining us, but it turned out, she didn't.
We made our way to the Injured Workers Coalition meeting. Here's a link to their site: http://injuredworkerscoalition.blogspot.com
In case you aren't aware, I have been a member of this group, for a long time. Several years, in fact.
It's unfortunate that I don't attend every meeting, due to feeling stressed at times, when I attend. It bothers me hearing about how people are suffering. And, having my own suffering and ill-treatment by WSIB brought back to mind.
Yes, I can relate.
Especially, since there are times that the stress from the meeting sets off anxiety feelings, from the Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), that I have suffered from, ever since driving that school bus years ago, and being hit by a tractor-trailer (semi, as some people call them); and, having WSIB's doctors tell me I was okay to do any kind of work, when I really wasn't... and ended up having another injury due to this health situation.
Even so, I normally try to attend several times per year. At least, while I'm healthy. I can't even recall if I attended a meeting since I was sick and had surgery, etc., beginning September 2012.
However, meeting that fellow at the library and getting to know him, I found out that he was in need of help and support, for he also was an injured worker. And, he was experiencing many forms of life's trials, being abused by the system that was originally set up to assist people like him, but in today's society, does not always do so.
I was glad he decided to go to the meeting. Since he has no mode of transportation, I was happy I could take him. And, introduce some of the members to him. Some that hopefully, will be able to assist him in sorting out some of the mess that has caused his life to become a nightmare.
It's unfortunate, but whenever I think of how awful injured workers are treated, I find myself not just becoming stressed, but also angry, at times.
Even so, I refuse to retaliate and do anything evil. Instead, I shake off the hurt and anger feelings, forgive... and focus once again on my Lord, Jesus Christ.
Sort of like what God told us to do, in Psalm 37:8-9, "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth."
As I said, I refuse to return evil for evil. But, I do reach out in Christian love to others who are hurting and are in need of help.
Not all I have met are Christian. Even so, I assist as best I can, when needed. And, I pray for the people and their circumstances.
After all, God is in control. And, just as the verse tells us, God will sort things out.
We are assured that evildoers shall be cut off. In my mind, it truly makes no difference who they are. Especially, if the evildoers are employed by WSIB.
I've often wondered how many of those who hurt others can sleep at night. How can they live with themselves, knowing that they are assisting in damaging the lives of those who have already been damaged, through injury?
Instead, I pray... for the people, for the circumstance, assist whenever/wherever I can, and trust in our Lord, to provide. And, while doing so, I plant seeds for Christ.
I'm looking forward to inheriting the earth. And, I'm looking forward to attending the banquet that He will be holding for me, in the presence of my enemies.
It will be too late for any of my enemies to be granted relief from their circumstances. Instead, God will let them see that He loves me, even though they treated me horribly.
Hopefully, you won't be at that banquet. I would not like to see any of you, there.
If you are one of God's saved children, then you won't have to worry about it. You won't be in attendance.
How do you become a child of God? Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).
Until next time...
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