Through All of It

Smile, breathe and go slowly. 
                                   ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
 
Though the cherry trees don’t blossom
    and the strawberries don’t ripen,
Though the apples are worm-eaten
    and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless
    and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.
    I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,
    I take heart and gain strength.
I run like a deer.
    I feel like I’m king of the mountain!
 
                              ~ Habakuk 3:17-19
 
     You have been through a horror show of a week or weekend.  You sit, sleepless wondering how you today will unfold.  Consider the habits that many phone operators of years past, and some customer service reps still employ:  Breathe, smile and pick up and answer.  Speak confidently, and slowly so that the person on the other end of the phone can understand your words.  Repeat as needed.
 
     Now, employ this same routine as you look over whatever has befallen you.  Breathe, smile and look slowly for one positive thing that you can build on.  If the sheep pens are sheepless, praise God that you have eyes to notice, if the cherry trees did no more than blossom, praise God for the blossoms, if the apples are worm-eaten, the soil will be good, so praise God for the worm-eaten apples and the healthy soil, if the fields of wheat are stunted, praise God for the feet you have to walk those fields.  Repeat as needed.
 
     You are on the verge of a new season in your life.  Praise the living God. The God who has been your God through all of it.  Prepare to dance!
Colton Dixon – Through All of It
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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