Do you believe that everything, everything, is in God’s Plan?
Some of us have lost a son or daughter to a highway accident, or worse, to drugs; two out of three have suffered a trial with cancer before fading away; millions have been unemployed for at least two years and have lost their self-worth along with a job; maybe you have suffered a separation and nasty divorce, along with the blended, and unblended, families that follow.
The point is that our lives are filled with trials. Fortunately, there is some balance provided by all the triumphs, the wonderful things that happen in our lives. Do we accept that they happen, at random, or do we envision a Lord up there pushing the reward or punish buttons according to our good or bad behavior? Some of us, especially as we get older, learn to expect the unexpected and simply pray for the strength, patience and wisdom to endure the trials and appreciate the triumphs.
One of the virtues of sculpting is that you can be thinking of something else while your hands are busy creating something that will be cherished for a lifetime. My something else is usually someone else’s problem.