Each day, I can accept the limitations that Parkinson’s Disease places on my life, but I choose to place my trust in God. 

Life is not easy. It is full of worry, concern. Too many times we place false hope in that someone else will take care of it or it will be okay and not to worry. This mindset of avoidance can topple even the greatest of intentions.

I could have taken that same attitude when the alarm rang at 5:00 am. I could have rolled over, hit the snooze button, and gone back to sleep. But I decided to get up.

Over a foot of snow had fallen in the past twelve hours. The driveway needed plowing. I could have left my wife do it, but a recent injury would make it nearly impossible for her to do it. I don’t want her to be in anymore pain or re-injure herself, so I bundled up and headed outside.

The plow had just driven through and the end of the driveway was buried. Ok. Buried was an understatement. Between the drifts and plow, the 48” reflector sticks were hidden underneath the hard-packed crystals that had fallen just hours before. I primed the pump, pulled the cord, and the blower roared to life.

Halfway through I began to tire. The tremors appeared in the middle of the work. My hands chilled. I had to go back into the house and warm up. I did. Then I attacked it again.

Finally, the driveway was cleared and I could go anywhere my heart desired. But where am I going to go as most places are closed due to the heavy snowfall. But that is the beauty of what I thought was impossible. Before I went out to plow, I said to God, “This is not going to be easy. Please help me.”

It wasn’t. It took me a couple tries. My tremors appeared and my tasks today have become a little more difficult than normal.

This is not a post about me shoveling snow, but a more important lesson. I am planning to raise money for the Parkinson’s Moving Day walk in May. I am looking at going grocery shopping tonight and to church on Sunday morning. I am making plans to visit a “home show” next weekend. All of these events are not easy anymore for me to do. But they will happen only when I reflect on the words shared by Matthew, Mark and Luke.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’"