Today was not an easy day. Yes, hard days do come every once in a while. I needed this day to refine my soul by cultivating gratitude and not leaning towards feelings of despair. You see, difficult days can become some of our most magnificent moments.
I am known as a glass half-full kind of girl. Sunny side up. Take lemons and make lemonade. Chin up! I want to be known as one who quietly ministers. My mission has always been to bless others. Well, this morning my chin quivered . . . for just a few minutes. Cancer just felt so real. For some reason, deep abiding grief also felt real.
The light came as I listened to a beautiful musical arrangement with words from one of my favorite scriptures:
And with everlasting kindness will I succor thee,
And with mercy will I take thee ‘neath my wings.
For the mountains shall depart,
And the hills shall be removed,
And the valleys shall be lost beneath the sea,
But know, my child,
My kindness shall not depart from thee!
These words were studied a few years ago as I worked with others to plan a local women’s conference ~ Isaiah 54:10. Since that time, the message has resonated within my heart. His kindness will not depart. Several witnesses of this truth were captured this very afternoon.
First, I had a personal visit from a young man who came to my home to follow through on a previous commitment — a demonstration of kindness and personal integrity. When I realized he had graduated from high school just a few hours earlier, I quickly rescheduled our appointment. Window washing can wait. High school graduation should be celebrated all day with those we love. I was so impressed with the fact he was willing to put aside his own celebration in order to follow through on his word. It was a strong reminder that we are surrounded by great young people who will one day become our leaders. We are in good hands!
Next, a good friend came for a visit. During our conversation, I shared the recent experience I had with the Jordan Education Foundation as we awarded the Teri Timpson Legacy Scholarship. My sweet friend presented me with a card that contained $700 from former Lone Peak Elementary teachers. The money was given as a donation towards future scholarship funds. I can’t express how much this meant to me. This gift was provided by some of the best people you will ever meet. We are united in our love and dedication to ministering to others.
Finally, I slipped to my knees and expressed gratitude for the kindness shown to me and my family throughout the entire week. My thoughts included a visit from a beautiful group of young women who planted flowers and bushes at our home. I also recognized how important it is that my health has stabilized and I have not lost any weight the past month — this is important! I rejoiced in the fact I have not needed additional oxygen support for the past eight hours. I celebrated that two dear friends with cancer have found success through their treatment plans. There is so much goodness in my life. How can I not be thankful? How can I not recognize that through Him all is possible?
We all have moments where we feel forsaken. Left alone for just a short time. Today I have been reminded that His kindness will never depart from our lives. I know His kindness is everlasting. I am grateful for important lessons remembered this day. Magnificent moments.