“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul”. ~ Thomas Merton
Our days are filled with a series of moments and hours. Sometimes they fly by, sometimes they move slowly, and sometimes we want them to stand still. 1,440 minutes lie ahead of us, beginning at midnight. Some of that time is spent sleeping. The rest of those minutes can be full of promise, growth, learning, change, joy, tears, suffering, friendship, or even loneliness. Will we remember the roses, the thorns, the dewdrops on the roses, or the cardinal in the tree, in full song?
This week, I am determined to be hopeful. I do not want bitterness and fear to be planted in my soul; not today, and not ever. They need to be yanked out by the roots! I do not want poison and trauma to crowd out joy and hope. In order to plant joy and hope, I must be determined to view life through the lens of faith and optimism. Some days that seems like an impossible task. Some days we are whimpering pools of dashed hopes and dreams. But we must arise once again.
Remember Jesus falling repeatedly as He carried His cross to calvary? He got back up, each and every time. He is our example. We must prevail. If we try to prevail in our difficulties, our minds and hearts will get used to doing that. We will be stronger. With God’s promise, we are NEVER alone. Plant promise in your heart today. Hope and joy will be the result.You just watch and see.