Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Independence or Dependence?

Yesterday I went with my husband to his eye doctor's appointment prepared to work quietly on my crossword puzzle while waiting for him in the waiting room. Shortly a beautiful white-haired lady spritely walked toward me and started talking. How interesting that women can open up to each other so freely. I learned that she was 91 years old, she was at the doctor's office because of macular degeneration in her eye, that she lived alone, had lost her husband and two sons and neither son had married so she had no grandchildren. She said she was from a family of 10, and only a sister remained in Texas. The sister had begged her to come to Texas to live with her, but this dear old lady said "But I LOVE my independence." At the time, I thought "What Spunk!" Hope I am that spunky when I'm 91!

Throughout the day, however, my thoughts kept returning to that dear 91-year-old. I kept wondering---what if she lost her eyesight because of macular degeneration? What if she had a stroke and couldn't walk or speak? What if she fell and broke a leg? Would her independence be of any value at all to her then? Did she have means to handle catastrophes, or would she be alone to handle the hard trials that eventually will come? I don't know the answer to those questions for her.

As I pondered this lady's "independence", I thought, how much better to be dependent---dependent on the promises of God that assure us that HE will never leave us or forsake us, that we can DEPEND on Him to be with us through all circumstances of life, that we can DEPEND on him to provide us what we need to meet the circumstances we are in.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5,6)

How much better to have the Lord to lean hard upon when life becomes difficult! How much better to have the Lord to talk to during lonely hours! How much better to turn over to the Lord my problems, my questions, my concerns, my burdens. If I could desire any quality for the younger women who are just beginning their lives with the Lord, it would be to learn to LEAN, learn to DEPEND on the Lord and the people that HE places in your path. We are not an island meant to go it alone! We have a God who cares and wants to walk alongside us in the good and bad times. He provides people in our path that help to bear our burdens---we are never alone, when we are dependent on HIM!

Have a great day!


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