“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)
I saw her.
Although there were approximately 105,129 college football fans leaving the stadium all at once, she stood out. Maybe it was the sweet rain bonnet covering the top of her head and hinting at her age. Or, maybe it was the lightning speed that she was weaving through the sea of people.
As we got closer, I noticed that she wasn’t alone. She was pushing a wheelchair with the cutest elder man gripping his cane.
It was a beautiful sight.
My first thought was “Wow, how cool that these two would brave the rain as well as this crowd to attend a football game.” My second thought was “I can’t leave without saying something to them!”
So, I grabbed my husband’s hand and we made a u-turn.
As soon as we reached them, I bubbled over.
“Seeing you two has given me great joy today!”
Their faces lit up at the same time, which was not a coincidence. My heart told me that they had been in sync for a long time.
“We’ve been married 57 years!” she exclaimed, with the exuberance of a teenager still in love. He didn’t have to speak; his smile said it all. Then, she asked how many years we’d been married. “25”, I replied, almost embarrassed that it wasn’t longer.
At that very moment, the sidewalk forked and we had to go in opposite directions….but not before she declared two words along with a sparkle that I’ll never forget.
I knew what she meant.
Or like we used to say in the 70’s: “Keep on keepin on…”
But, let’s be real.
Sometimes that’s easier said than done…
To keep on
–despite the diagnosis
–when worry steals our sleep
–through unexpected life changes
–when our prayers seem silent
–while finances are dwindling
–as our heart is breaking
–when we can’t see how it’s all gonna turn out
Dear one, our Heavenly Father has a plan for your life and mine.
Do we always understand it?
Not even close.
But, He does and loves us more than anyone.
Shouldn’t He be enough?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Dear God, help us to run our life race well.
May we keep on, even when everything in us screams to go another way.
Please give us your peace and hope,
And remind us to always stop to see another soul in the process.
Even under a rain bonnet.
Hallelujah, even under a rain bonnet.
Spread your joy,