“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good I can do, or any kindness that I can show, let me do now, for I shall not pass this way again.”
A plaque with this quote was in our home for years. It speaks to the journey of life. I have lived in many places and homes and travelled to so many other places. I attended three grade schools and a different high school. I’ve lived in four states. For me, this has meant blessings because of the opportunities to meet so many lovely people and see so many beautiful places. I was sad to leave friends each time, too.
Have you ever wanted to know the future? Had to decide which fork in the road to take? Wanted to know with certainty that the decision you were making was the right one? Have you been afraid to make a decision, in case it was wrong? I stayed married for 35 years being afraid to make a different decision until I had no more excuses. Finally, it was about my happiness.
Below is a prayer I wish I had found earlier in my life. I recommend it to you. When I have felt the tug to go a different direction, I believe it was God’s call. To put your hand in God’s hand and feel God’s love will give courage for the venture. That does not mean it will be easy though it might.
I am glad for so many of the ventures in my life. I did not see the endings or even beyond the bend in the road. A few were mistakes, but I am grateful for even those because they then led to lovely new ventures. The future vision would be a distraction from the moment.
ELW Evening Prayer for Vision (based on Hebrews 11:8-10 (received at a women’s retreat):
“Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”