“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” Elizabeth Edwards.
I love this quote written by the late wife of John Edwards.
Elizabeth certainly had her share of changes, some of them unpleasant. Battling cancer until she lost her life to the disease. An unfaithful husband. Her oldest son, Wade, killed in a car accident.
Louisa May Alcott, a young writer, had a very difficult life. The family was impoverished, and Mr. Alcott had trouble keeping jobs and providing for the family.
Louisa’s quote is this: “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
We all have change after change in our lives. It is unavoidable. Someone dies, someone moves away. Someone loses a child. Someone grieves that she can’t have a child. Some financial crisis can cause a family to have to lose their home, and maybe they become homeless. Someone gets a diagnosis of cancer or some other serious disease and realizes that they may not make it through.
Although our changes are usually not that dramatic, we still need to learn to grieve something that is changing, and then move in the new direction.
The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
So, if it is time, adjust your sails in the right direction until the next wind causes you to go another way.