Each week I write about some topic that has come up in conversations we have at the studio. I’ve always found it intriguing that there are themes each week. Is it because the weather triggers certain issues to come to light? Or holidays, snow days, disruptions in our routine? I’m not sure, but there’s a rhythm to it.
Lately, those who struggle with the cold, the snow, and gray days had a hard time staying out from under dark clouds of thought. We did have a few sunny, blue-sky days that helped, then the forecast started to turn on us. It’s not easy to get out and move with warnings to hunker down all around us.
I get it.
But something else happened last week. Several of you shared the newsletter and women who needed an encouraging word, read it. It may seem like a small thing, but God uses small things to make big things happen. These things often seem like coincidences, but I think they are more than that. Divine timing, perhaps.
This week I heard from a woman, I’ll call her Eileen, who has been through a lot lately. Serious health issues, then a significant loss. She was hoping for someone to come alongside her on her healing journey, and happened upon last week’s newsletter. She took a first step on her new path, simply because a woman she goes to church with clicked “share” on Facebook.
Divine timing? One stone cast across waters?
I also received this from a member of our community:
“I had to share something with you. I was going through my news feed on Facebook and came across a link you shared from Sue Markovitch. It was something about personal trainer stress. Anyway, I clicked on it because I love anything that Sue writes. As I was reading it on my iPad, my thumb must have accidentally hit November 2013 on the page. Once it loaded, I started reading it. Wow! The second entry took my breath away. It started as a quote from Anthony Robbins. Anyway, Sue was talking about our belief systems, and she wrote about how her parents died at 49, 52 years old. It was like she wrote this to me!!!! At my last birthday (53rd), I told a friend I was suddenly having some anxiety about growing older. I couldn't imagine getting older than both my parents who died at 57 and 59. It felt weird that I was approaching these numbers and once I passed it, I would be older than them. Sue wrote about this so perfectly. It was like I was supposed to read that. Please thank her for me. I find her writing so inspiring. So thanks for continuing to share her links. It touched my heart tonight.”
(You can read the post here: http://www.clearrockfitness.com/blog/what-you-believe)
My thumb must have accidentally hit November 2013??
What are the chances of that? Why would her thumb go to exactly what she needed to hear?
All I know is I believe.
I believe that when we share something that spoke to us, it will reach whoever it is supposed to reach.
I believe when we share things, we are being courageous and vulnerable by saying, “This meant something to me.” And that means a lot to those who know you. It is an endorsement of faith. A light shining on a place on the path that you’ve found difficult to maneuver. It is a lantern for someone else.
I believe we need constant words of encouragement, support and inspiration, no matter who we are. No one has it so together that they don’t need to hear that they matter, and they are good enough. No matter what they look like on the outside.
I believe we are all on the same path, just at different places on that path. Divine timing set us on our journey, and divine timing is sending us provision along the way.
And I believe that every word of encouragement shared is a stone cast across the waters, creating more ripples than we can imagine. Thank you for sharing your journey and your lantern with me, and with others.
It makes a difference.