Mercy Me!

“Well, mercy me!”

Those three words carry a poignant pitch of my past. I’m transported back in time to hear my grandmothers, and other older folks who helped shape me, utter these three cute words out of shock and surprise! I’d like to say things shock and surprise me. But they don’t anymore. So, to that I say, “Well, mercy me!”

Speaking of mercy… aren’t we all “at the mercy” of something daily? When you travel, just as I have recently to love on family in Washington, you’re at the mercy of the weather (and EVERYTHING else associated with the big silver wings). When you’re young, you’re at the mercy of your parents. When you’re old, you’re at the mercy of every system and those around you. We’re all at the mercy of our health providers (and oh, what a month with that!). Individuals on trial are at the mercy of a jury. Businesses are at the mercy of suppliers. We’re at the mercy of our local, state, and federal government. Most times we are at the mercy of factors and things beyond our control. Some want to kick, scream, and cry for justice, not mercy.

Control? There are things we can control. Some do not like being at the mercy of others. And simply, some set themselves up for being controlled. Control can come from a sense of fear and anxiety. Past trauma or situations creep in. I read somewhere that the one out of 10 workers who doesn’t want to follow the rules or expectations is subconsciously inviting authority to come down on them. If you’re unsure of how you think or feel and don’t express it, others may do it for you. If you do not take care of yourself or obligations, you may be inviting the control into your life. It’s called self-sabotage!

I try to view things in all colors and angles. I don’t have the rights I think I do; and that’s ok. When I surrendered my life to Christ, I gave up my rights. By striving to follow the teachings of Jesus (ok, Jesus, this can be hard!) I no longer have the right to hate, judge, or condemn. I’m at HIS mercy. I’m not perfect. Well, mercy me! Perfection is not needed to experience a life filled with love and mercy. The teachings I have hidden in my heart and soul are a guide to help direct my path. I’m at the mercy of compassion, forgiveness, understanding, and joy. Self-sabotage may seem an excellent choice when you feel the entire world is out of control. Perhaps getting lost in media and creating our own world seems to be an easy out. For me, I long for hikes, mountains, rivers, and even the smell of an R.V. 😉. Kicking and screaming is exhausting and not an option for me!

During a layover at the airport Sunday many life lessons came to mind. Yes, like everyone else, I was at the mercy of the T.S.A. Also, the flow of a rushed crowd and making sure I had my ducks in a row and moved quicker than a snail. Many heads were down. Some of us connected by a smile. Or a kind gesture. I could see the worried looks on faces that felt at the mercy of things beyond their control. There were several that voiced what they wished to control. With my cup of coffee (much needed for a tired brain and body) I sat and relished memories of the week with my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter; just as the memories I had with my other son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids in August—this is all worth it). I prayed-us humans are impossible and exhausting at times, but there is goodness when we seek it, slow down, quiet ourselves, and listen.

“Thank you, God for your never-ending mercy and love. Thank you for loving us no matter what. Touch the lives of everyone walking in this airport. Heal the broken, love the unlovable, soothe the hurting souls, do whatever you have to for them to experience a supernatural control that gives hope; even if none is felt.”  His response, “You do it, too.”

“Mercy me!”

“May mercy and peace and love be yours in abundance.”-Jude 1:2

Have faith 🤍 If you don’t know how, why, or can’t, please reach out. You are loved.

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65 thoughts on “Mercy Me!

    1. Thank you, Scott! I enjoyed my time off; the year began with such self-doubting situations~and being at the mercy of God is the only way to move forward for me. Thank you for sharing! I hope you and your family stay healthy and blessed!

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  1. I don’t know which time zone you’re in Karla but it’s the afternoon in my land, so Good afternoon! Loved the post. Oh my, the things I am at the mercy of are far too many to phantom, just today I would be forced to add asthma, time, and repeated distractions! I love your ability to be at the mercy of only one thing, God’s mercy, putting it all down on love. Thanks for the shot of inspiration today, gently reminding me of the things I can control, my love, mercy, and kindness. Nailed it Karla, sending some love and hugs your way, C

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    1. C, thank you for that shot of inspiring feedback! I’m in Central zone; we’re gaining more light, but it’s “dusky” here now. I hate to hear your “at mercies” {particularly asthma!}. I have fallen to the mercy of things, but try hard to get back up and follow the true authority that matters! Let’s keep inspiring one another with kindness. Wouldn’t it be nice if that would spread more? I hope all is well! Any more fun bike weekends? ☺️ sending love, hugs, and blessings to you (and wishfully, lower gas prices for you 😘). 💕

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Mark. I think HE absolutely joined me today. I felt in a slump. Martha has encouraged me to participate in the daily prompt and that might help these times. Really today it was the quiet times I’ve had in meditation and in music that allowed the words to start to flow. I’m so happy this post moved your heart. Blessings and peace to you and yours in Australia. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🎶🎶🙌🏻🥰🥰

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      1. Dear Karla, I just read your comment about the cancer diagnosis. My heart goes out to you my friend, and as much love and light to you that I have. May it be just a moment in time and God’s love heal it all ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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      1. I’m doing well! January began with a few challenges and unknowns~but I just returned from a wonderful trip to WA to visit family and I’m finding my “way”. I know you understand. ❤️

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      2. I certainly do understand the “way” is a slippery beast at times to find. I like. It to a stray cat that is friendly but I’m never quite sure if it’s going to stick around, and sometimes it doesn’t, goes missing, and then it finds me again and everything is right with the world.

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  2. Karla, this is a beautiful post. You are such a compassionate and empathetic woman, and you always give me faith! … I particularly love this: “Heal the broken, love the unlovable, soothe the hurting souls, do whatever you have to for them to experience a supernatural control that gives hope; even if none is felt.” 🤍

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  3. The intro to your post made me smile – it made me think of my maternal grandmother who was from the south. I grew up hearing all of her funny sayings, that I now find myself saying. 😆 Your post has a strong theme that resonates. 💗

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  4. Karla, this post reached out to me with curiosity about the title. Surrounded by God’s presence, your prose refreshes me with a clearer perspective. Perhaps these three words will walk along . . . well, mercy me!

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    1. Richard, thank you! I’ve been missing and I’m going to post, or at least try, today. I’ve been diagnosed with cancer and I’ll see the oncologist Weds. I spent 5 days in the hospital and now it’s about keeping me pain free. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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