Spoonful of Sugar

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I was watching a movie called, “Saving Mr. Banks,” last night. The movie is about the author of “Mary Poppins,” and the process of Walt Disney making that story into a film.

At first, I assumed that P.L. Travers (the author of the book) was just being difficult and had really strong opinions about the way she wanted things done. Then I realized that the scenes that she was most insistent about were  those that triggered unsealed childhood memories. Fortunately

for us, Walt Disney found a way to relieve her fears so we could all enjoy that Walt Disney Classic.

Instead of assuming that people we encounter are just being difficult, we need to remember that there is always something behind it, both in our lives and in theirs. “Matthew 7:3-5 reminds us to “take the plank out of our own eye before removing the speck of dust in our brother’s eye (paraphrased).”

Many ties I blow things way out of proportion, so I found it helpful to ask myself, ” what is it about this person that is triggering such a strong response in me?” God is very faithful to bring healing and health to each area of our hearts that we bring to Him.

Seasons of Change

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The gray clouds seem to be closing in for the winter, and the green leaves of summer have turned golden yellow and they’re falling from the trees. Some of you have lit your fireplaces for the first time and are cozying up with a book and a cup of coffee.

I’ve been thinking about the trees that will be stripped of all of their leaves in a few weeks and I look forward to the springtime when I can see buds form from those very same withered branches. A friend of mine posted this poem by Pierre Teilhard De Chardin and I think you will enjoy what it says:

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything,
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown,
something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability-
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstance
acting on your own good will)
will make of your tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense, and incomplete.

It is hard to wait, sometimes we can despair when it seems like nothing is happening at all. But God has a purpose for every season. When we trust him, we will be blessed when our winters turn to springs!