Exactly four weeks ago, I wrote a post called "Time for a Reset." I reflected on the fact that my blogging had drifted away from my original intention of imparting grace to friends and family far and near. I'd allowed myself to focus on things of secondary importance and had ignored some things of primary importance.
I published that post at 3:47 P.M. on Tuesday, September 9. My computer recorded the time for me.
Exactly 35 minutes later, at 4:22 P.M., my cell phone rang. I thought it was my 21-year-old son, Preston.
Instead, the call was from an employee of the UNC Wellness Center, using Preston's phone to call me. Preston had collapsed while he was exercising there. We learned a little later that Preston had suffered a stroke.
I knew I needed a reset, but wow. I thought I'd be re-setting things in a particular way. So much for my particular way.
Sometimes the events of my life go just as I'd hoped and planned. Other times, my hopes and plans are upset in manners big and small. I'm learning that the only way to proceed with sanity and good humor and goodwill toward others is to remember that God reigns.
I had the opportunity this past weekend to spend an extended time with two of the most godly women I've ever known: Mimi Dixon and Margaret Campbell. Here's a photo of them that I snapped on a long walk:
Don't their faces just radiate grace?
In this difficult season of my life, what a gift it was to be with Mimi and Margaret. One of the many things these two women share in common is a deep appreciation for the life and writings of Julian of Norwich. Being with them reminded me of this bit of wisdom from Julian:
"Our good Lord replied to all the questions and doubts that I could raise, saying most reassuringly:
"I have the ability to make everything well,
and I have the knowledge to make everything well,
and I have the wish to make everything well,
and I shall make everything well;
and thou shalt see for thyself that all manner of thing shall be well."
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
So shall it be.
What's your prayer today?