My take on The Daily Prompt-Circuitous Paths
A stranger knocked on the door. “I need to find my way,” he said.
“Where are you trying to go?” I responded.
“Give me directions to the nearest gas station. I want to fill my car and keep driving until I get somewhere better.”
“Are you almost out of gas now?” I asked.
The stranger sighed and looked down at his feet. “Yes, m’am. I’m almost empty. It has been a long journey and I’m far from home. I need to be refueled.”
The man looked up. I saw a single tear roll down his cheek, leaving a trail of moist sorrow. He reached up to wipe the drop from his skin. “I’m sorry, m’am. The roads I have traveled have been rough and steep. I have taken one wrong turn after another. I don’t even know if I am leaving or returning home anymore. I’m lost. Give me directions.”
“I can help you. Wait here,” I said. I turned and walked toward the back room. “I’m getting something to write on!” I called out. Out of view, I leaned against the wall. Deep breath in, slow breath out. Deep breath in, slow breath out. I was ready. I opened a drawer, searching for just the right notepad. I wrote detailed directions to the filling station on the specialty notepad, right under the pre-printed message.
Returning to the door, I handed the man the paper. “I hope these directions are clear.”
A slow smile grew on the man’s face as he scanned the writing on the page. “Thank you for your kindness,” he said. “I see that the gas station is not very far from here. I see the path. I’ll be on my way.”
I watched as he got into his car and drove toward the crossroads. I bounded to the kitchen. Before returning the notepad to the drawer, I read the stamped message out loud.
“Proverbs 3:5-6, I read. “Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
I have been asked which 3 songs are most important to me. The first song is Happy Birthday, The second song is Amazing Grace and the third song is The Star-Spangled Banner.
Now, let me tell you why.
Happy Birthday-the happy birthday song is a celebration of my birth. I admit, I love the sound of people singing this song to me. On my special day, I feel this song was written just for me! I smile and sing along under my breath. It’s my birthday and I’ll sing if I want to. I also enjoy singing this song for other people on their special day. At times, however, I have suggested that my NOT singing is my gift to them. And, then, I sing anyway! happy Birthday is such a simple song, but it is full of joy and meaning!
Amazing Grace-this is a beautiful song. It is a testament to my faith in God and my wonder at HIs amazing grace. I am filled with love and gratitude as I sing the message of being saved. I have met many people in their golden years that can still sing this song when they are otherwise unable to communicate. As a child, I sang Jesus loves me with purity of heart. I always knew that I was loved by Jesus, but it wasn’t until I was older that I could grasp the true meaning of salvation and the cross.
The Star Spangled Banner – This is a hard song to sing. But, when I hear it I am filled with pride. I love America. I am proud to be an American. I recognize and appreciate the rights I have as a citizen and the freedoms I enjoy. I hold my hand over my heart and sing along. I also love the song America the Beautiful and it’s glorious description of this land I call home.
I suppose I actually mentioned more than 3. This is what came to mind in response to the question.
Proud to be an American! God bless the United States of America.
I find it a lot easier to rest the body than rest the mind. So many thoughts of “I should” run rampant in my mind. The to do lists get longer and longer. Then, my thoughts turn to the “why didn’t you?”s, and the even harsher “why did you?”s. I worry about things that need to be done, should have been done, have happened, might happen and may never happen. Did I leave anything out?
I need to turn off the worry machine. For me, that can be easier said than done. I use music, food, books, pets, conversation and even reality TV as distractors from worry. I lean on my family for support, too.
Yet, I continue to worry. When I was younger, I wasn’t much of a worrier. I just knew things would work out for the best. Life seemed easy. Now, I have responsibilities, giving me license to worry. Worry, however, steals time. I realize that less time should be spent in worrying than in resolving the issues. I realize that there are not always easy answers. I realize I don’t have all the answers.
So, I pray. Sometimes, I can’t seem to organize the swirl of worried thoughts in my head. My mind races. Even though I may not even be sure of what to ask, I believe God listens and knows all the answers. God knows what I need and God knows what I need to hear. As in Psalm 46:10, God reminds me “Be still, and know that I am God!” The answer is simple, direct, comforting and gives me peace of mind.