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In Sweet Company

“ God makes a way out of no way.” — Sister Helen Prejean, IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE

I recently joined Facebook, became a Facebooker? Bookee? Bookette? A member or subscriber or whatever we all are. I am not, by nature, a technology person so getting the hang of how to Facebook (Is it a verb?), the etiquette, getting over feeling like Mr. Rogers when I invite someone to be my friend, has been interesting.

As you all probably know, people post thought-provoking things on their wall. One quote really got to me and it seems to originate from a fellow Booker called “Living in Tune” (www.livingintune.com). The quote reads: “I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

I think what got me about this particular post is that, given my long experience with things that have not been “easy,” the quote is about as true a thing as I’ve ever read. Life is not easy, but it has been worth it. I am immensely grateful for what I’ve become as a result of what’s been put on my plate.

Not that I’m done learning. Not that I’m never in a place of concern or frustration or depletion. Not that I don’t spend time on my knees alternately asking God for help and ranting about the messiness of the situation– wondering, hoping, holding out for and insisting on an easier way to get the show on the road. But when the smoke clears, I do feel grateful. Sometimes, I feel awe. If I’m really honest with myself, I almost always feel I would not have learned what I needed to learn if I had not been challenged to rise to the occasion.

Even if those feelings were absent, it’s still worth it because it doesn’t take me as long as it used to to catch on to what the Universe is trying to teach me; because, over time, I’ve learned to trust that, in time, what is right and good and best will come to me. And to you, too.

Your thoughts?

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