Diamond Rio "I Believe"
To My Devine Creator:
With each passing day I learn. These lessons you place in my path for a reason. But must there be so many tests? Geez, even my college professor’s didn’t test me this much! Okay, sorry, but I had to say that. I know you have a sense of humor; when I see dolphins skimming backward across the water on their tail, I know you are smiling with me at their antics. Why else would you have put a perpetual smile on the face of dolphin?
In the days of my youth I foolishly thought I could master all the lessons of life in one life time. You gave me the energy and stamina I needed to propel me forward. Now, I have reached the mid-point (hopefully) of my life and I see some of the folly in my youthful thinking. Ummm, okay, I see a lot of the folly.
When I think I have learned tolerance, you place resentment in my path. In this I shall learn to endure, this I know.
When I think I have learned patience, you place restlessness in my path. In this I shall learn to persevere, this I know.
When I think I have learned forgiveness, you place accusation in my path. In this I shall learn to release, this I know.
When I think I have learned compassion, you place indifference in my path. In this I shall learn to affect, this I know.
When I think I have learned wisdom, you place foolishness in my path. In this I shall learn to understand, this I know.
When I think I have learned courtesy, you place arrogance in my path. In this I shall learn to be humble, this I know.
When I think I have learned serenity, you place agitation in my path. In this I shall learn to soothe, this I know.
In the days of my youth I opened my heart and senses to all of the wonders of your creation. But in my vulnerability, many times I received bitterness and hatred. The bitterness consumed my senses, the hatred seeped into my heart, and my soul shut down to protect me from deeper damage. And so my soul slumbered, conserving the energy I needed to heal those wounds. During that time you watched over me, defending me in my stillness. You knew the day would come when I would awaken and rise, once again, to continue my journey.
When I felt I would not heal, you showed me your light.
When I felt I was not worthy, you showed me mercy.
When I felt I was not loved, you showed me tenderness.
When I felt there was no hope, you showed me beauty.
When I felt I could not survive, you showed me purpose.
When I felt I could not reach, you showed me The Way
And when I could not feel, you touched me.
All this you do, for me, so I can be the person you know I am. You put me here for a reason. Each and every day you remind me the lessons I have learned can easily be forgotten. Perhaps that is why you put subtle reminders in my path. In the days and years that lay ahead, there will be times when I forget, but I know you will remind me. And I will listen. And I will remember. I will remember that you are not finished with me, and that is why I am here. The lessons are not yet complete...and so I continue to learn.
There is no greater love than that which I have known through you.
In your name, I remain your child,
~~Pruning is necessary for growth.~~