The Simple Life - The Road of Life
- The Simple Life
Each day I get a "Daily Serving" of Chicken Soup for the Soul in my
e-mail box. Six days a week. I never miss. Often I have tears
dripping on my shirt, or into my coffee in the morning as I read the
heartwarming story of the day. Often they amaze me, challenge me,
or teach me a valuable lesson. Last Friday morning was no
Last Friday morning I opened my "Daily Serving" and was in shock as
I scrolled down to the story. The story was mine. Last year I had
a story published in "Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul".
That was amazing enough. Now my story "Sunset in the Rearview
Mirror" was being read by thousands, maybe millions of people around
the world. But that wasn't what really amazed me. Last Friday was
May 16th. May 16 is my 8th wedding anniversary. What made the
hair on the back of my neck stand on end was not that I'd written
the story, or that it made it in the book, or even onto the "Daily
Serving" but the fact that my story appeared on our anniversary.
Why was that so amazing? Because the whole story was about how some
of the hard times in my life looked like a beautiful sunset when
viewed from the perspective of looking back.
Some may think it an odd coincidence. Not me. Not for a minute.
Only God knew that was my anniversary. That's how he works. Every
now and then he lets us know unquestionably, and when we least
expect it, that He loves us, He cares for us, and He will be with
matter what. Never lose hope!!!!!! He has such incredible plans
for us, if we will let Him use
us! Friday was my day. He planned it and I didn't doubt it for a
minute. Pay attention. Your day may be next!
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The Road of Life
At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the
things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell
when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized
His picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him. But later
on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a
bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was
in the back helping me pedal. I don't know just when it was that He
suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.
When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but
predictable it was the shortest distance between two points. But
when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains,
and through rocky places at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do
to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!" I worried and
was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and
didn't answer, and I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring
life and entered into the adventure, and when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my hand. I gained love, peace, acceptance
and joy; gifts to take on my journey, My Lord's and mine. And we
were off again.
He said, "Give the gifts away. They're extra baggage, too much
weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving
I received, and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life. I thought He'd
wreck it; but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to
take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how
to fly to shorten, scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and
pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view
and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant
companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I'm sure I just can't do it anymore, He just smiles and
says... "Pedal." - Unknown
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Whatever your cross
Whatever your paid
There will always be sunshine.
After the rain
Perhaps you may stumble
Perhaps even fall
But God's always there
To help you through it all.
Keeping the Road of Life Simple,
Dedicated to the Senior Class of 2003
Please let me know your favorite garden flower and why!