Blogging about life at a Benedictine monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
God Never Gives Up!
Photo by Tammy Shoemaker, OSB
As I sat at my desk one day on a very windy day, I caught
glimpse of a shredded garbage bag hanging from one of our trees high up. I have
no idea how long it had been there. It made me wonder and clearly, I had no
idea how it had gotten so high up in the tree. The wind blew and blew this day
and I do not know how the garbage bag hung on, but it did. As I watched the bag
hang on to the tree, I began to think of life and how so related we are to the
bag persevering to endure the windstorm. The purpose of the garbage bag was to
hold trash, leaves, clothes etc. There was a plan for it. However, that plan
was changed one day by the stirring of the wind. It was nudged to take a path
different from the one imagined. And though it fought its path, the bag flew
into the arms of a strong tree that held it and would not let it go. While many
outside sources affected the bag, it persevered, though tattered, from the
storm. Its perseverance paid off.
Some days I wonder how I got to where I am in life. The plans
I had did not play out in my life. In fact, the direction of my life changed
rapidly without my consent. I followed without a choice. Like the bag, I did
not know where I would end up, but hung on with all my heart and persevered. Sometimes
hanging there left me tattered, but I still hung on. What I found is that by
persevering, I landed in the arms of a loving God. A God that would never let
me go. What is it that is stirring in us? Where will the winds of life lead us?
Like the bag, we never know, but I trust that God has me right where I need to
be. I have weathered the storms of life because I hang on to what God is
calling me to be and trust that God will never let me go. God never gives up!
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