I love stories! The Russian folk tale Vasalisa and her Magic Doll, by Rita Grauer, recently came to mind. It is one of my favorites.
The story is about a young girl, Vasalisa, who loses her mom when she is young and has to grow up with her sister who is very jealous of her. On her death bed, Vasalisa’s mother gave her a small magical doll. As she engages each challenge in her life, she touches the doll who encourages her by saying, “Do what lies before you and all will be well.”
Now in this ordinary time of year, we are coming to an end of the school year. Perhaps, we’re looking forward to some summer fun or getting ready for some new ministry projects. We may also be dealing with new challenges, health issues, family difficulties, etc. It’s important to remember when life becomes hectic to “do what lies before you and all will be well.”
I don’t know about you but some days are very overwhelming for me, so much to do and so little time. Just this week, I found myself saying, “Do what lies before you and all will be well.” I was even able to share the words of encouragement with someone asking for prayer who was feeling overwhelmed. If we can stay focused and take one step at a time, it is easier to remain at peace. That is what Jesus gives us. Anxiety can have some awful side effects, unkind words or actions, negative behavior, sarcasm.
So what do you and I need to do? BREATHE and ask the Holy Spirit to help us to remember: “Do what lies before you and all will be well.” Trust that the Spirit is with you. Call Him by name. May the summer season be a time of growth and peace and gratitude, knowing full well that “all will be well.”
Till next week,