Happy April Everyone!

Who am I?Whew! We made it! It looked a bit sketchy there in, well, January, February, and March, but now look at that beautiful sunshine, clear blue skies, and if you look very, very closely, the first few sprigs of green grass are appearing! Nothing makes us happier than the fresh start anew feeling of spring, the cleaning, the organizing, the purging, the getting outside, planning the garden and outdoor projects, and a million other delicious things we’ve been anxiously awaiting are here at last!  You don’t really appreciate spring unless you’ve been through a long, cold, and snowy Wisconsin winter like ours- our reward at last!

Now those of you who know me, know that I’m not a very superstitious person. Nor am I a huge believer in Providence (although, deep down, maybe I am). Have you ever heard a song that you haven’t heard in a while, and thought, wow, I love that song, and I haven’t heard it in so long? And then you heard it again? And then again? And again? I could go on, literally about 20 times, but I won’t. I have been haunted by this one song everywhere I have gone for the past 3 weeks - on the radio, in the car, on Pandora - simply everywhere. Maybe someone is trying to tell me something…

So here it is. This same song was the first and most important song of my husband's and my wedding ten years ago this fall. Our wedding was set outdoors on a beautiful bluff overlooking Egg Harbor in Door County, a perfect, sunny October day with the colors in the trees just beginning to shade a hue of orange. Imagining our big day, I could think of no better song to set the stage (i.e. to blare off the bluff into the heavens) than this one. It was a song not about wedded love, but about humbleness of heart. It was a song not about saying goodbye to parents, but instead about clearing the air of all pretenses. Better than that, it answered the question to life itself, who am I, and why am I here? Who do I belong to?

Heavy stuff to kick off the most joyous day of your life, you may say. Yes, but so fitting. If you don’t know who you are and who you belong to, what foundation do you have to build a strong marriage and family? In this same month of hearing this song over and over again, I also heard the wails and cries of the family members of the crew and passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that was lost somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. Who am I? Then I watched with horror on TV at the devastation of half a village buried alive in a mudslide right here in these United States. Who am I? And finally, yet another pointless mass shooting in one of the most secure places you can find, a U.S. military base. Who am I? Sometimes we just need to step back and put it all into perspective. I just have to share what Someone wants the whole world to know. Here’s just some of the lyrics to the thought-provoking song Who am I by Casting Crowns.

Who am I? That the Lord of all the Earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I? That the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done.
Not because of what I’ve done,
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling Lord,
You catch me when I’m falling.
And You’ve told me who I am
I am yours.

Refreshed, revived, and renewed - Happy Spring in every meaning of the word!
Jill Murphy
Owner/Physical Therapist
MotionWorks Physical Therapy