Walking about town in the rain this afternoon.
From First We Have Coffee, autobiography of Margaret Jensen:
"Mama sensed my distress. Tenderly she placed her arms around me and quietly, but firmly, reminded me that we had prayed for shoes. God answered, not the way we think is best, but God heard and answered. Mama never allowed sympathy to obscure a deeper lesson.
Mama continued, "Pride is a terrible thing, Margaret. It is not so important what we put on our feet, but it is important where our feet go. Sometimes we have to put on hard things--like the shoes--so God can keep our feet on the right path. If you worry more about how you look than what you are, you will have many lessons to learn. Someday you will look back and say that this was an important lesson to learn. Remember this: God always answers prayer, but not always your way. Wear your shoes with a thankful, humble heart. Shall I tell you the secret to happiness?"
"Oh yes, Mama."
As she gathered me in her arms and stroked my hair she whispered softly, "A thankful heart, Margaret. A thankful heart."
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"All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful." ~Psalm 25:10