River of Ages

Monday, July 22, 2013

Two days ago, before I decided to call it a night, I read a portion of the book Saving Graces by Laura Ingalls Wilder and came across a passage that spoke greatly to me. It seemed to go along with my previous post of ages and stages, if not in a direct way then rather in an indirect one. Today I wanted to share with you this beautiful passage by Ms. Wilder. You can find her book Saving Graces: The Inspirational Writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder  by Clicking here.

"The stream of passing years is like a river with people being carried along in the current. Some are swept along, protesting, fighting all the way, trying to swim back up the stream, longing for the shores that they have passed, clutching at anything to retard their progress, frightened by the onward rush of the strong current and in danger of being overwhelmed by the waters.

"Others go with the current freely, trusting themselves to the buoyancy of the waters, knowing they will bear them up. And so with very little effort, they go floating safely along, gaining more courage and strength from their experience with the waves."

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
-Proverbs 3:5-10 

"As New Year after New Year comes, these waves upon the river of life bear us farther along toward the ocean of Eternity, either protesting the inevitable and looking longingly back toward years that are gone or with calmness and faith facing the future serene in the knowledge that the power behind life's currents is strong and good." (Saving Graces pg 90, Laura Ingalls Wilder)

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