This afternoon I found myself thinking that the bronze beads in my new shower are a lot like life. If each major life event we encounter stands for one bronze bead, and each bead threads itself alongside the last hard formed, hard-earned bead, by the time we’re a certain age, we’ve created—within us—a chain of strength and endurance that helps us do anything.
The hardest part of life isn’t finding ourselves at the downward slope of a bead, but climbing up to create the next bead in our chain.
Whether it’s the unsettling world events, the death of a loved one, or maybe a serious illness, it’s not the outward change of course but the interior change that makes us strong.
I never saw myself moving back to the city, again, much less widowed for a second time, but I realize that with this move and new home, I’ve created another bead. I’ve come to the place in this bumpy, sometimes painful road that enables me to say, “I’m ready to see what happens next. I’m able to create the next bead in my chain of life.”
Where are you on your chain of bronze beads? Have you come to the end of a long, trying time or maybe gearing up for one? Are you in a holding pattern, or are you ready to ride the wave up, again?
As you’re thinking about where the end of this year finds you, remember that each one of us is stronger than we think we are, and together, we form a chain that is unbreakable.
In this next year, if the only New Year’s resolution we make is to reach out and help someone who needs it, we may never know of the lives we’ve changed for the better. And if you need help and have no one to grab onto, you have God. He’s easy to talk to; just ask for His help.