All Things As Gain

…what must I do…?  As a young girl I had the opportunity to meet a Maya Angelou. I remember asking her a similar question as to what I should do about some aspect of my life. Her answer was a simple one – read. Although I smiled and said okay, deep within me I was both perplexed and disappointed with her answer. I was a good reader but hated the time it took to read! As far as I was concerned it was a chore, a necessary evil towards getting good grades. Looking back, I think my problem was that at the time I really didn’t know what it was I wanted out of life. Most things came fairly easy for me and I was looking for another easy thing to do. I underestimated life to the extent that I believed everything should be easy not realizing the time and effort necessary to reach certain goals. I certainly didn’t comprehend the concept of sometimes doing things you simply don’t like to do. A lesson I would learn in time, from the simple and mundane to the complex and intricate, I now consider all things as gain. Gracious God sometimes we hear but do not listen. Yet, you in your patience, mercy and love continue to speak and eventually we come to the place you always intended us to be.

In Good Faith

If…you have acted in good faith then rejoice…  Judges 9:1-16, 19-21   When we make choices based solely on what is said we sometimes experience outcomes on what was left unsaid. Once, stepping out of my introverted box I had an uncomfortable encounter, which left me with an unfavorable opinion concerning a certain person I had approached. Later, I went back and forth trying to figure out what I had done wrong to experience what felt like a negative interaction. From someone with high notoriety I had anticipated a totally different experience. What I didn’t realize at the time was that at various times, we all are at the edge of stepping out of some kind of box; either ones we’ve created for ourselves or ones created by those around us. I had created a box of expectations from this person that God certainly did not ask me to create. Though I rejoice in knowing that I was able to go forth in faith to take the opportunity for our paths to cross, each time I am so called, I remember to leave the box of expectation in God’s hands and simply enjoy the moment.