Jul 16, 2017

How-to Face Life's Surprises - #Author Madeleine L'Engle

What's ahead on the Road of Life?

What lies around the next curve or new tomorrow?

We love to trek through the mountains,
Through the backcountry and explore remote regions previously unkown.
 You never know what lies beyond the next curve--
 Maybe exhilerating scenery,
Wild animals, unaware a human is near
 Of deep potholes, sometimes washouts that could throw one off the mountain,
And other times anticipation of what might lie around the next curve.
Rarely, but sometimes, there's a strong sense of danger--
An inner warning to beware.

Adventures and exploring the unknown--
That's what we've done many hours, hundreds of miles and
Always those adventures are exhilerating fun.

Rather than pop-a-pill to alter our mood,
We go out into nature and are exhilerated, refreshed and 
Ready to hop back on the road of life--
Invigorated with fresh, new ideas.
Author Madeleine L'Engle, wrote over 60 books, including the Newberry Medal Winner,
A Wrinkle in Time.
Madeleine was also exhilerated by nature.
A brilliant thinker full of faith and fresh ideas.

One morning when the road of life was very stormy
 I needed inspiration and picked up Madeleine's journal, A Circle of Quiet and read:

"There are three ways you can live life....
You can live life as if its all a cosmic accident...
Maybe you can live life as if everything's a bad joke. 
I can't."

"Or you can go out at night and look at the stars and think,
Yes, they were created by a Prime Mover, and so were you,
But He's aloof perfection, impassible, indifferent to His creaiton....
You can't matter to Him, I don't matter to Him except possibly as a means to an end.
I can't live that way either."

"Then there's a third way: live as though you believe that the power behind the universe
Is a power of love, a love so great that all of us really do matter to Him.
He loves us so much that every single one of our lives has meaning; 
He really does know about the fall of every sparrow,
And the hairs of our head are really counted.
That's the only way I can live."
--Madeleine L'Engle
Madeleine's words inspired me that day and
That's the amazing thing about books--
We can look back to the writings of those who have gone before--
And absorb treasures to enrich us and
Share with others.

Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, Corrie ten Boom,
J.R.R. Tolkien, Zig Ziglar and other writers are gone--
And yet their words continue to inspire us.

Such as Mother Teresa:
"I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God,
Who is sending a love letter to the world."

How about you?
Will you share encouragement, hope and love in our troubled world?

Everyone needs encouragement--
And sometimes hope,
But always--love. 

--Bobbe Brooks @bobbebrooks_