do not try to break them,
but bend them with gentleness and time.
~ Saint Francis de Sales
Nothing happens by chance and there are no coincidences. "And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good." (Romans 8:28) Now, in light of losing my best and only guitar player to the stress of his workload and other considerations, I find my adherence to this motto wobbling! And to think I was only joking when I said yesterday that he was AWOL! Sigh.
Of course, now I am only half joking. Although it is a great disappointment and I find myself scrambling to find another guitarist, I know that in the end, the one who is sent instead will be sent for a very good reason. And having managed to pack more lives than a cat into a mere *cough* couple of decades, I can take comfort in the few traveling tips I've picked up along the journey:
- No matter what path you are on, there is always a bend in it, or an obstacle that forces you to take a different route.
- Sometimes it seems like you are heading in the opposite direction of your intended destination, when all of a sudden over the next hill, your quarry rises in front of you once more.
- Do not change direction or take a new path on impulse. More often than not, you fall headlong into disaster.
- Be silent and listen.
Now, if only He would send me another guitarist! One who can improv and is available in the next three days!
Oremus pro invicem,