Anticipating Spring

I believe that things happen for a reason. I also believe they happen in God’s time. But what does that mean – for you and for me?

I think that one experience builds upon another. Something that we might never have considered years ago, now becomes a challenge, or perhaps even an enticement. We grow stronger. We put down roots. We reach out to others and build support systems. The older we get(some later than others), we begin to figure out what it is we do best, and what it is that we should do without.

Sometimes magnificently wonderful things happen to us quickly, yet there are times when we just can’t seem to conquer something until much later in life. And I believe that God knows best. Some things I would never have attempted years ago. Now I am more confident, more willing to be challenged. I have become ready for more.

Have you heard that statement that God never gives us more than we can handle? Well, I believe that is true. I also think that, as with measures of rain and nutrients, He adds increments of growth to our lives. (Some of us take longer than others to flourish, but when we do, look out!)

Take a look at your life today. Can you think of something that happened to you years ago that prepared you for another turn of events later in life? Reflect on your roots – the value system you learned as a child. Perhaps you had the most loving and dedicated parents a child could ever wish for…or maybe you always longed to have parents like that. Where has that realization taken you? Have there been experiences or people along the way who have helped you become the person you are today? Look at how you have grown!

I believe that you are exactly where you are meant to be today. I also believe that, for as long as you and I are alive, we have purpose. Put out more roots, if necessary. Nurture that support system. Peek above the soil and realize there is a large world out there. Explore it. You may be the single bloom that brings untold pleasure to a lonely, homebound person, or perhaps your seeds will grow enough to feed the world.

Discover your niche. You do indeed have one waiting for you.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.