As many of us have experienced, my life has filled with troubles in recent years.
The husband remains unemployed, repairs are needed, and friends and family have lost their homes and financial stability. The old body nudges me more often as well. It says, “You are aging.” To top it all off, I have been elected The Steadfast Smiling Rock, so it seems, for a number of loved ones. Are the burdens heavy? No. They are not.
Something beautiful has happened. No, the problems have not faded away.
I have changed. I am stronger.
Picture a toy. A plastic wand filled with water and sparkling colorful confetti.
When the water is still the confetti floats to the top.
When the wand is shaken vigorously, the confetti moves about. The water sloshes, making it not so crystal clear.
I am like the wand. When faced with a worry, the wand begins to tumble about. The vision blurs.
Then the most beautiful thing happens. I pray. I feel peace. I feel calm.
The water settles. The sparkles rise. And I feel the glimmer of hope floating on top, reflecting God’s love and strength.
I want to share my glimmer, my hope, and my strength.
With all of my love, Mary.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever