Today I felt compelled to share my “He works in mysterious ways” moment. I have had a few days lately, that knocked me off my feet so to speak. Too many demands and not enough me, along with a few other ill timed bumps in the road. Needless to say (but I will any way), I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. I have asked the Lord for strength on many occasions this month as I have felt myself faltering. I was not expecting an outright answer, just the normal sense of relief I feel after giving into my faith. What I got was so much more.
What I received after my last prayer sent chills through me. I knew it was a message directly answering my prayers for strength to overcome the stresses of my life.
I went to the store for something I needed to finish dinner. In the check out line, I asked the clerk how she was doing and her response floored me.
This woman, who was not much older than me and obviously tired from a long day, said that she was doing great considering what some people are going through. She then told me that the customer before me had just told her that his 13-year-old daughter was again in the hospital undergoing tests for cancer. He told the woman that his daughter has been in and out of the hospital since she was very young and that they were hoping for positive answers this time.
The sincerity of the clerk as she told me this story was so inspiring that I began to feel guilty for asking for help with my daily struggles. I took her story as a message from above telling me that the Lord is listening and that he is lending me strength, but that others out there need him a bit more at this time. I went home and hugged my children, who had been making me crazy, and I said a prayer of thanks for everything that we have in our lives, problems and all. I have never been more grateful for the daily struggles I face, because with them I also have healthy children and my own health to be thankful for.
Though I still feel overwhelmed and still pray for strength, I also pray for the clerk at the store near my home and the family that is patiently waiting for positive results. I think this should be a reminder to us all, that no matter what we are going through, we are not alone. Though we may feel that we are drowning in daily responsibilities, there are those who are struggling just to stay alive.
I want to wish all of you a marvelous evening and may your Friday be blessed. As always, inspire to be inspired and never forget that though your struggles are grand you do not have to tackle them alone.