"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye."
I received this blessing in an email today. It is not new; I have received the same email many times before. There is also a rather sad story that goes with it but tonight the story really isn’t the point. As I read these words I thought about my summer. You have probably noticed that I seem to have abandoned my little corner of cyberspace. I have been silent for so long. The truth is I have been experiencing enough and that is not always an easy thing. I have been to the top of the mountain and in the depths of depression. At the same time, these very struggles have given me a greater appreciation of life and an even deeper certainty that I am where I am meant to be at this time in my life. I am more determined than ever to be faithful to the call that brought me here and to stick it out till I graduate.
I began the summer by leaving the job in civ that I loved because my boss didn’t have enough work for me. That was a tremendous disappointment especially since I was certain that I would not be able to come back to it when the new semester rolled around. I knew that I would have to take a job and any job I took would almost certainly prevent me from being available during the hours needed. I was fortunate to have another job even though I truly hated it. Then that job cut me down to 10 hours a week and finally because of a difficult situation there, I turned in my resignation. Now, amazingly enough, I am back at civ again and am still looking for work. Rent will be due soon. The deadline to register for classes is a little over a week away. And I can honestly say that I have no idea how God is going to work it all out. Yet, I can say that I have had a blessed summer. I have had the chance to discover New Orleans in a way that I probably would not have had otherwise, I have discovered the wonderful people and friendships that God has placed in my life and I have had many adventures along the way. There’s nothing like adventure to keep your attitude bright and your spirit alive. So tonight I wish you enough.