Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Aha’va, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a straight way for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.
Thought for the Day: Be happy that you were there.
“Don’t be sad about leaving, be happy that you were there.” Oh, my…..when these words come to you as you are in tears ….from your 12 year old son, you have to look at things differently. I will forever remember him standing on the balcony looking down toward me and saying those words. I actually had him repeat them where I would be sure what I heard. That was an attitude adjustment for me and it made me feel more admiration where I had been over the past few months. During five months I became very close with several people. Some of these relationships came while we had chatting time waiting for a copier. Some came in the hallway as we greeted and talked during the time students were coming into the classroom. Some happened because they worked and taught my youngest child, and loved him. Our talks about my sweet boy brought us close together. There were the retiring administrators who shared wonderful conversations with me about where I came from and where I am going. One even shared with me why she thought I was brought by God to that school. There were two on my grade level who understood my needs and helped me along my way. Both listened as I asked them questions about upcoming deadlines and then “showed me” how to accomplish those deadlines. One sat with me as I did assignments and walked me through step by step. Another said, “Here is what I would do if I were you…” Then she would show me examples of how each document was supposed to look. From there she would write down and then show me how to use websites to accomplish each goal. I found myself understanding most of what I was supposed to do because someone showed me the way. I needed the plan in front of me, not just someone telling me that I had to do something by a deadline without explanation. I am so happy and elated that I met a group of people in a special place in my life. I was only passing through, but I will cherish those memories. “I am not sad about leaving, I am happy that I was there.”
A plan…..God has His plan for my life in control and He is working on getting His plan accomplished for my life. As I go along the way, I hear from people near me what I have to do and I listen and take it in. Then there are those I feel God has led my way who say, “This is what I would do if I were you…” then give me exact directions about how to accomplish it. I feel those are the words that are a part of God’s plan and that those are the things I need to do.
Prayer: God, thank you for letting us pass through different places in our lives where we can find special friends to remember along the life journey. Thank you that those friends help us through and probably teach us something that You will use to fulfill You plan in our lives a little later down the road. Help us remember not to be sad in the leaving, but to be happy that we were there. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those passing through