MAY 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

I (Brooke) want to thank you for your business and loyalty.

The other day I heard Joel Osteen give a talk on Psalm 119. It says: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” He thought lamp at my feet is a little like headlights that illuminate our way for a few feet, and not the whole road ahead. I know God works in mysterious ways but I was really curious for the reasoning behind this.

I got some clarity from an unlikely place. I actually saw an episode of Friends about Chandler and Monica’s wedding day (Season 7, Ep.24, Original air date 5/17/01). As Monica was portraying a bridezilla perfectly, the rest of the gang realized that Chandler was missing. Not wanting to add fuel to the fire, they knew they had to keep this a secret from Monica. They also knew they were under a time crunch to find him, and get him to the church on time. Ross (Monica’s brother) finally found him holed up in his office. Ross wanted to drag him kicking and screaming to the ceremony but knew you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. As they were talking, Chandler said that he had totally panicked. He had remembered his parent’s marriage (which was less than ideal) and as a result he felt overwhelmed. He felt paralyzed. Ross said: “why don’t we do this day in little parts that you know you can handle?” He said: “Let’s go back to the apartment. You can handle that right?” Chandler nodded reluctantly. Then Ross encouraged him to take a shower. The next step was getting dressed. As it turned out Ross cut the overwhelming event into smaller, manageable parts.

I think this is what our loving God does; just like a parent that cuts a little one’s meal into small bites. Of course the wedding went over without a hitch.

On the same day I also heard a Jessie J song called “Flashlight”. I wrote down some of the lyrics. It says: “I see the shadows long beneath the mountain top. I’m not afraid when the rain won’t stop, ‘cause you light the way.”

All of this helps me remember that the future happens one day at a time, and whatever we may be worried about looming ahead, can be resolved with ease and grace.