Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for...

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

         With everything happening in the world today, many of us are overwhelmed with the single question...why? 
          My dad was wonderful at answering questions such as this, and a great source of encouragement to me. One day he brought home a poster for me of a hound dog sitting in a wash tub, his head slathered in bubbly water and a frown on his dejected face. The caption read, “Was today really necessary?” In that single sentence, Dad’s wisdom hit home. He told me to be ever mindful that God gives us days, both easy and difficult, for a reason. I should ponder what might be gleaned from each day, from every experience, and make use of it. 
          I hung the poster on my wall and did just that, taking notes and keeping a journal even when difficult situations made me want to run and hide. Later on, when I became a teacher, that poster hung front and center on my classroom wall. It’s displayed there yet today and still has me—and now my students, as well, pondering through life’s struggles and adventures.
          As much as we'd like all of our questions to be answered, some of those answers will be found only in Heaven. In the meantime.....

1 comment:

  1. Love this, Mary! Your dad sounds like someone I would've loved to know. :)


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