Sometimes I forget that, despite how much I may have learned, I and my faith will continue to be tested, and that even if I work with some goals in mind, they're not necessarily exactly the same as God's goals.
This afternoon I was again struck with a deep appreciation for my family because, in my despair over the situation with Sandra, they reminded me of my faith. Sandra may not immediately be doing what we discussed, but I need to have faith that what I did was part of God's plan, just as her current choice was. Even if I understand none of it.
And, I was reminded again of how fortunate I am with my friends. Today I received some wise teacher advice from one, which helped put things in perspective. Then, after reading some simple words in an email (not specifically about the current situation) from Meg, my friend volunteering with the Peace Corps in Thailand, I was reminded why I do what I do. These three lines, "