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Nine Little Words To Stop Worrying!

Art Williams was a high school football coach when he started selling insurance to make ends meet.  He was convinced by someone years ago that buying term insurance and investing the savings that was the difference in the cost of whole life was a great concept.  Since Art was an old football coach he knew a lot of people and he was excited to share this concept.  Art almost quit the business a hundred different times because all he was hearing was the no’s.  When he was at his lowest point a revelation came to him.  It was a concept that made a lot of sense and it was only nine little words.

I don’t remember if it was the convention in Chicago, Detroit, or Dallas.  I went to three of them in my time with the company.  Art saved his speech for last in his effort to send his sales force away motivated.  From his humble beginnings Art started a company called A.L. Williams.  His company would be based on the original concept that got Art into the business “buy term and invest the difference.”  By the time I got into the company Art’s company had been going strong for a few years!  Art hired people like myself who already had jobs.  He figured that people could use an extra income and his company could provide that.  Art ran his company the same way he ran his football team.  He was a motivator who often used football terminology to fire up the troops.  The dress code at these meetings was jeans and a T-Shirt.  The T-Shirts were different colors with writing on the front signifying whose team we were on.  In other words he made the business fun and exciting!  It was a refreshing change to the corporate way and the three piece suit look.

Usually recruits came on board after they found out how bad their insurance was and wanted to join the crusade.  The crusade was one where someone found out how much money they were saving and wanted to tell their friends!  From that it was explained that they could help their friends save money and make a little money themselves too!  Traditional insurance companies hated A.L. Williams.  They had sold people policies that made the company a lot of money only to have an A.L. Williams representative have it cancelled.  They started rumors about how A.L. Williams was a bunch of amateurs who didn’t know anything about insurance.  They wouldn’t acknowledge that  Williams representatives had to take the same insurance test to get licensed that their representatives took.  The real issue was that A.L. Williams was taking money out of their salesman’s commission and giving plenty back to their former policyholders.  For the most part people were so happy to hear about all of the savings they could have from money they were already spending that A.L. Williams kept growing!

Of course as in any kind of sales there are always the “no’s”.  Art explained it best as he took us down the road of his frustrating time.  Although Art had seen some success all he could focus on was the no answers.  He worked hard to show these people how they could save money and start saving for their future.  He showed them how compounded interest worked and with that money invested at a certain percentage they could have so much money at retirement.  He got involved with helping these people (after all they were his friends.)  After all of his work all he was hearing was “NO”.  In one of the meetings he told us a philosophy he came up with as he was driving home from a “NO” one night.  “You know”, he thought to himself, “that program that they have is just about the worst one I have seen.  But you know what?  It is just right for them!”  It was a building block of a moment for Art and helped him to deal with adversity while moving forward.

We as Christians often times have a peculiar habit.  We give something to God but then take it back.  Often we don’t follow the guiding verse of “Cast all of your cares on him for he cares for you”.  We worry ourselves sick with things we have no control over.  We’ve all heard of how bad stress is to our bodies.  How it affects our blood pressure and our eating and sleeping habits.  Yet so often we proceed to give ourselves “self induced stress”.  Worrying is the exact opposite of the peace that Jesus talks about.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.  But even the hairs of our head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows”  Matthew 10:29-31.  What he is telling us is that God is in control and God loves us!  Romans 8:28 tells us that “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose”.  What can be more comforting than that when we are tempted to worry?

As a Christian Art knew that he wasn’t supposed to worry.  Yet here he was almost quitting a business because he was so frustrated with some people.  He was thinking about how much he could help them and how stubborn they were.  He was thinking about how much better their financial future would be if only they said yes.  So we’re sitting on the edge of our seats as he is laying out the situation and the nine little words.  “Nine little words” he said again, as he built the suspense up some more.  “I discovered in nine little words the secret to all of my troubles with this situation that was killing me”.  Art was a master of suspense and he had us literally wondering when he would give us the big secret to his success!  When would he take us out of the darkness and into the light of this great discovery he had made?  “Einstein had never said anything as profound as I’m about to tell you”, he went on.

Then, when he got us to a point where we felt like we were in a dry, hot desert in desperate need of a drink the water came.  At first his words seemed so stupid and simple that we just shook our heads.  Yet, the more we thought about it the more genius it was!  “All you can do is all you can do”, he stated in an excited voice!  “All you can do is all you can do”, he reaffirmed.  Now what does it mean?  “When you do all you can do you can’t do any more, you’ve done all you can do”.  It seemed to me to be a circle he was talking in now.  But within that circle I saw a genius of a statement that I couldn’t deny!

All you can do is all you can do!

All you can do is all you can do!

I have a friend whose father has a saying he uses when he addresses someone who is worrying out of control.  “You are making a down payment on a nervous breakdown”, he states.  This particular friend has a son who is starting college.  It is a concern that he may be persuaded by the wrong crowd and make mistakes because of it.  I think back to Art’s famous words and how it can relate to this situation.  You have been very good at raising him and letting him know right from wrong.  You have taken him to church and showed him the way to eternal life.  You have done all you can do so that is all you can do!  Like the saying goes “When you’ve done your best, God will do the rest.”  Art finished his talk with an added statement.  “All you can do is all you can do”, he stated again, but then he put it all in perspective.  “But all you can do is enough”, he concluded.  I sit here reliving that simple statement that fired up the troops, but more importantly is a peaceful thought in the midst of the chaos.  Once we do all we can do it is out of our hands.  The rest is in God’s hands where it has always been anyway.  Somehow when we look at it that way a peace comes over the whole situation!

Is It Time To Retire?

Every time I drive east and get close to Detroit I look for it!  It has been there every time I have went that way and got that far!  In 1964 it was part of the World’s Fair in New York!  It was a giant Ferris Wheel that was ridden by two million people at the fair including Jacqueline Kennedy and her two children!  After the World’s Fair it was decided to put the monument right off of the highway so passing cars could behold it!  Have you ever talked to someone numerous times but never met them?  Finally when you do get introduced to them in person they almost always look totally different than what you had pictured them! This former Ferris Wheel that you had in your mind is like that too.  Instead of the traditional Ferris Wheel we picture, this one is a giant Uniroyal Tire!  The seats and motor of the Ferris Wheel are gone, but the monument you can see from the I-94 Highway is a sight to behold!  It is the largest tire model ever built as it measures eighty feet tall!

What a sight!

What a sight!

Yesterday on our way back from Battle Creek (about 25 miles) for some reason I focused on the other cars.  I was sitting in the passenger seat and instead of the body of the cars my attention was drawn to their wheels.  I was thinking to myself what an amazing invention the wheel has been for man!   We tend to take a lot of things for granted in this world and the wheel is one of them.  Consider the 1800’s when people had to get around on horseback and wagons.  The automobile offers us so much freedom in life!  We can get in the car and travel for miles and come back home fast enough to enjoy the rest of the day!  I was also amazed by the number of Semi-Trucks on the road and how their wheels were big and turning smoothly!  It is something that is totally taken for granted, but think of life without those trucks delivering goods to make our life better!

I think it was in the late 1990’s and my wife and son and I were driving from the Detroit area across the state heading for home on a rainy day.  As we got about halfway home the weather got really bad as the rain started coming down in buckets.  As I was driving on the interstate the car hydroplaned and I lost control.  We were hit and our car ended up spinning into the middle grassy medium.  Luckily nobody was hurt but the accident and the ensuing ticket made me realize how important the wheels were on the car.  The police officer noticed that one of the tires was not in top condition and mentioned that the accident might have been avoided if it were.  I was thankful that the person I bought my car from last year was very thorough in maintaining it!  She told us before we made the purchase that she always had good tires on the car because they are the only thing between you and the road.

puniroyal giant tire

The giant tire off of the highway has gone through some changes through the years.  One of the latest was when they incorporated a giant nail puncturing it.  Although the tire had contacted that giant nail it was still sound because of the new high tech design they were using!  It was a good campaign and the giant tire was worth more than a thousand words in picturing how safe they portrayed it to be!  When you ride on the Uniroyal tire the message is that no matter what comes your way on the road, the tire is able to get through it and keep on going!

It seems to happen every summer.  There is road construction going on everywhere.  Many times the road is blocked off and a detour route is provided.  Other times the cement is ground down to a rough finish.  Those roads you just drive over and hope that your tires don’t get damaged.  Other times in these zones you can run over nails or other sharp objects.  I was driving down I-94 a couple of years ago when my front tire blew out.  Luckily I was able to steer the car safely to the side of the road.  The car was towed to a tire store and sure enough a nail was found to be the culprit.

When the road is nice and clean with minimal pot holes and construction zones I suppose most tires will get you through.  The mark of a good tire is one that can go through the rough roads and like the Uniroyal tire portrays run over things and keep on going!  For that reason it is very important to keep good tires on your car at all times.  If the weather was good I probably would not have had that accident on I-94.  The problem with having a tire not up to speed (pardon the pun) is that you never know what lies ahead in the road.  You also never know when the rains may come and your tire is challenged to perform.

Sometimes the easiest thing that people can do is give advice to others.  Maybe a friend comes to us and shares a situation in their life.  Isn’t it easy to give the “if I were you” advice?  The fact of the matter is that we are not them.  We are not walking in their shoes or going over the same road that they are.  There are times when we reach our limit on how we can help.  There are times when the road needs to be traveled head on.  It is in those times that we need to re-tire.  In other words we need a change of our spiritual tires.   When we get a fresh relationship with God it is like putting on new tires as he helps us go over the bumpy roads.  We always want to avoid the bad roads in front of us, but sometimes to get to our destination we need to go straight over them.  We’ve all heard the saying “That is when the rubber hits the road.”  When the rubber does hit the road doesn’t it make sense to have the best tires on the car for whatever lies ahead?

Heading straight to our destination on good wheels!

Heading straight to our destination on good wheels!

To anyone who Googled the right time to retire and were expecting retirement advice, and my  article appeared, I can only say this to you.  I know it is important to know when to retire.  Most people retire without enough money which is a major problem.  However,  the most important thing in life is our relationship with God.  Even the most prepared people can find themselves feeling empty as their road after retirement becomes bumpy.  If your relationship with God never started or if you used to be so much closer to God than you are now take comfort.  God still desires to have you close to him!  He desires to change your proverbial tires so that you can go through the hard road that you are on!

As I think about that giant Uniroyal tire just off of the highway I see in my mind the big nail protruding from it’s tread.  The nail is more than just a slight bump in the road.  It represents something that could destroy both the tire and the vehicle depending on it.  The nail is sticking out as a testimony from the tire.  It is almost like it is saying “even though I have obstacles in my way I am rolling forward!”  A beat up worn out tire wouldn’t have that testimony.  It would blow out possibly causing a dangerous crash, or at best a major inconvenience.    The brand new tire ignores the obstacles and keeps going, much like you and I can when we let God re-tire us for his glory!

The Legend Of Travis

I have never met Travis. I suppose he is in his thirties now.  In 1986 I went to a sales convention in Dallas Texas.  Many of the big names of the company were there.  One of the biggest was a man named Mike Tuttle.  Mike lived in Texas and people at those conventions are always looking for the keys to success.  I was no exception and I listened closely as Mike laid out his stories.  Mike seemed to be more of a quiet thoughtful guy unlike some who came on like blockbusters in the rah rah mold.  Since Mike had enormous success and was making hundreds of thousands of dollars everyone wanted to hear how he did it.

Mike didn’t disappoint.  He gave many different ideas of things we might try.  He told stories of people he met and things that happened and how he turned ordinary situations to his benefit.  Lastly he told a real personal story about his young son Travis.  I think Travis was maybe seven or eight years old at the time and Mike and his wife had recently got him involved in a soccer program.  It was frustrating to Mike and his wife because they were rooting very hard for their son (as any parent would do), yet Travis was always behind the pack.  Everyone could tell that little Travis just wasn’t trying and Mike was frustrated.  Game after game the same thing happened.  Mike stated that it was embarrassing going to the games because his son wasn’t putting forth the effort Mike desired.   While other parents were pleased with their kids efforts and celebrated the wonderful goals they scored, Travis seemed to be slowly trotting way behind the action as if he didn’t care.  One day Mike talked to Travis as only a father can talk to his son.  He talked to him out of love.  “Travis”, Mike began “You just don’t even seem like you are trying out there” he sighed “while the other kids are running for the ball and getting involved and competing, you seem like you don’t care.”  “If you would just give an effort out there you would make us very proud.”

Two of the writers of the Gospels mentioned the following parable that Jesus told.  You can find it in Matthew 25 verses 14-30 or Luke 19 verses 12-28.  It is a parable about a man going on a long journey and entrusting his property to his servants until he got back.  He gave each one amounts according to their abilities.  To one he gave five talents, to the second two talents, and to the third one talent.  A talent was about twenty years of a day laborers wage.  One translation talks about bags of gold.  In any case the example is about some kind of currency that is valuable and it is left with the servants to manage it until the master returns.  After a long time the man comes back and settles accounts.  The first servant states “Master, you have entrusted me with five talents I have gained five more.”  “Well done my good and faithful servant”, the master states, “you have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your masters happiness!”  The second servant said “Master, you have entrusted me with two talents and I have gained two more!”  “Well done my good and faithful servant” was again the reply.  “You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share in your masters happiness!”

Then the man who had received the one talent came.  “Master,” he said, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.  See, here is what belongs to you.”

His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant!  So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.  For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Thinking about the parable I wondered what would have happened if there was a loss instead of a double gain in the first two servants accounts?  The answer it seems comes from the reply  to the third servant.  “You wicked and lazy servant!”  The third servant made excuses as to why he didn’t put the effort into it.  He didn’t want to bring the master back any less than he was given.  The first two undoubtedly got involved and took calculated risks to try to gain a profit for their master.  My conclusion is that even though the master would have been disappointed with the results, he would have known that his servants made every effort to increase his wealth much like he would have done if he were around.  In that light whatever the results he would have known that they took what was given to them and did everything they could to make an increase.

Soccer

The next game Travis looked like a different kid.  Instead of hanging in the back not involved, Travis was all over the field.  The whole game went on like this as his parents almost had to do a double take to make sure it was their kid!  They were so proud of his effort that they were smiling and shaking their heads in amazement!  Through the whole game nobody had scored and it looked like the game would end in a tie.  Somehow as all the kids scrambled around, the ball ended up far down the field toward the goal.  Running after it ahead of the pack was none other than Travis!  Travis caught up to the ball and with a swift kick sent it right by the goalie and into the net!  His whole team mobbed Travis and everyone celebrated by going to a pizza place after the game!

As they were driving home from the celebration of the win Mike again had a little talk with Travis.  “Travis, I want you to know how proud I am of you!”  “But I want you to know why I am proud.  I am proud of your effort!  Your effort was what made it possible for you to score that goal!  Whether you scored a goal or not I would have been proud because you tried!”

All of these years later I still remember this story!  It’s the legend of Travis in my mind!  It’s a story of love and making a father proud.  I think the story stayed with me all this time because the truth of the message is so powerful!  It isn’t the results that count as much as the effort to achieve the results.  Many times however the results have a way of following the effort expended!  Our Heavenly Father has given us all abilities and one day he will have us give account.  Will we be able to say that we made every effort to maximize all that he has given to us?

Kate’s Kup

“There really isn’t a Kate’s cup everyone competes for.  Maybe a good idea would be to have a giant cup like The Stanley Cup with the winners name engraved.  Then again the winning team score is usually thirteen or fourteen under par and only a couple of teams can achieve such heights!  The gathering really is about winning but it has nothing to do with our golf scores.  The winner is the scholarship that goes to a fortunate young teacher candidate who is a senior at Comstock High School.  That student gets their tuition paid for and carries on the tradition that Kate Kwasny started years ago.

I was trying to think of how many years I have played the Kate’s Kup four person scramble.  I think it is five now.  I have had different team members over the years as some can’t do it and others take their place.  Scott from my softball team was on my Kate’s Kup team a couple of times including last year.  This year Scott and Tracie and Tim (also from my ball team) and his wife Lisa made up our rival team.  My team was formed in an unusual way this year!  Alan my lifelong friend from my neighborhood came back into my life three years ago.  He moved back to Holland Michigan which is over an hour away but still close enough for us to get together.  I talked him into playing a softball tournament with me (for old times sake) but we both started golfing  whenever we can get together.  This year I mentioned how much fun Kate’s Kup was and Alan was on board for golfing it with me.  Since Scott was golfing with another team this year and I didn’t hear back from Steve (who has golfed Kate’s Kup with me a couple of times and actually came up with the idea to participate years ago) we only had two of us.  Luckily just a couple of weeks ago I asked Hans from work.  Usually guys will hesitate and have to check their schedule but not Hans.  He gave me an answer within 5 seconds and it was a resounding YES!  He told me if we needed a fourth his friend Todd would play and we had our team set!

The course where lightening struck!

The course where lightening struck!

In 1989 I ran into an old acquaintance that used to live in my neighborhood named Terry.  Terry was starting a softball team in Kalamazoo and I was interested in getting back into the game.  I hadn’t played in four years (since my old team went their seperate ways).  Tim Miller worked as a student in our office and I asked him if he played softball because we needed players.  The next year 1990 Tim brought his roommates along to play with us also.  There was Leroy and Tim.  Tim Miller and LeRoy have long since went their seperate ways but Tim and I have played softball together ever since!  Tim is an excellent hitter and you can usually count on him for two or three hits a game!  I’m not sure if Tim really likes golf that much.  I played golf with him once when our softball team had an outing to celebrate a teammate getting married.  Tim’s game was a lot like mine.  He hit some good ones and some bad ones.  Much like me when comparing his golf game to softball, he is a very good softball player!  On my golf scramble teams I feel like that I am the weakest link.  My drives are embarrassingly short and crooked in comparison to guys like Scott, Alan, and Todd.  The best attribute that I have in golf is that I am a good putter!  Maybe it is all of the years of playing softball that ruins my golf swing.  Probably the same thing can be said for Tim who would much rather play in a softball tournament than a golf outing.  Still we were competing against each other in a strange way for bragging rights at the dinner that followed.  It’s a friendly competion as I remember a couple of years ago my team ran into theirs in the middle of our rounds.  I was feeling kind of down when they told me they were eight under par as we were hovering around even.   After the round I found out that they were just pulling my leg and that their score was worse than ours!

Kate Kwasny was born on September 15, 1983.  She grew up in Delton, Michigan with her older brother Kyle and her parents, Mike and Linda Kwasny.  Kate had a zest for life and loved every minute.  She played basketball, softball, and volleyball in high school!  She wanted to be a doer instead of an observer and loved becoming involved in causes and clubs that she believed in.  Kate loved the theatre and always ended up with a part in all of the plays she attempted!  She had a thankfulness about her and was always attempting to help others who were not as fortunate.

Kate Kwasny

In 2001 Kate headed to Western Michigan University with the dream of being a high school teacher like her father.  Through her years in college she adapted to many situations such as living in the dorms, living with her brother and his roomates, and living in Australia while spending a semester there.  In Australia she didn’t know a soul, but her sense of adventure was much greater than her sense of fear!  It was in Australia that Kate had time to think about her life.  As she told her mom and dad, “I had to go halfway around the world to find that what I really wanted was in my own backyard.”  That was Jeremie Coplin, her high school boyfriend.  They reconnected, and never were apart again.  They truly were perfect for each other, and their shared strengths made them a good fit.

After graduation in 2005, Kate started teaching at Comstock High School in Comstock, Michigan, where she had been a student teacher.  Kate’s enthusiasm and love for teaching made  her loved by her students!   It was one of those situations where the more she gave the more she received.  She truly loved her job and the difference she was seeing in her students attitudes and academic progress!

While Kate taught and Jeremie finished college and started teaching kindergarten in Constantine, Michigan, Kate and Jeremie became engaged!  They underwent pre-marriage counseling at the Methodist church in Delton, as Kate wanted God in every part of her life.  Jeremie and Kates wedding would have been July 21.   Kate Kwasny died on June 15, 2007 from injuries suffered from a car crash on Gull Road at the age of 23.  Kate was delivering thank yous for a wedding shower when the accident occurred on June 12 a little after noon.  Kate’s death left an empty void in all of the lives she touched.

A Granite Bench in Kate’s Memory

LOC Kwasny dedication (Hall/standalone)

We were playing the second or third hole of our scramble yesterday when the commotion occurred.  There was a loud long exuberance of screaming and shouting going on!  I don’t know how he knew but Alan thought he had the reason.  “Somebody just got a hole in one!” ,  he said excitedly.  As we concentrated on our game the thought kept creeping up in our conversation.  Wow, I wonder who it was?  It wasn’t too much after when it was confirmed.  The beverage lady came by in her cart and said she was running late because someone got a hole in one on one of the other holes!  When the news got to her she quickly drove her cart over to reward them with beverages as quick as she could!

As we were driving to one of our last four or five holes we ran into Scott, Tracie, Tim, and Lisa.  Instead of deceiving us with their unheard of great score Lisa and Tracie were excited!  “Did you hear that Tim got a hole in one?” Of course we had heard that someone got a hole in one and we heard the commotion, but we didn’t know who it was.  Standing in the background was Tim and his was not a jubilant reaction.  In fact he had a shocked stunned look on his face.  It was almost like he had been unexpectedly struck by lightening and though he wasn’t physically hurt it had dazed him.  He looked puzzled and almost confused as he looked me in the eye.  “Can you believe it Lew?”, he stated.  I didn’t say anything but if I did it would have been “no I can’t Timmy!”  “You and I are basically hackers!  How did this happen to you?”  Serously I was very happy for him!  Twice I gave him high fives and in the excitement and conversation Alan and I got lost on getting to our next hole in a timely fashion.

Jeremie is always the master of ceremonies at the event.  After the golf and after everyone is done eating the drawings begin.  There are many prizes that get donated each year and tickets are sold.  You can place tickets in the drawing for each prize.  Jeremie is always dressed kind of funny to shed laughter on the occasion.  This time he had a goofy looking rooster hat on.  After he made his introductery remarks he had a young lady named Brooklynn Brown come up.  Brooklynn was the first winner of the Kate Kwasny Scholarship in 2008.  She talked about how honored she was to have received the scholarship and how she had Ms. Kwasny as a teacher.  She talked about what motivation it is that the memory of Ms. Kwasny gave.  It was a nice speech from someone who benefitted from what Kate stood for!

Brooklynn Brown winning the first Kate Kawasy Memorial Scholarship 2008

Brooklynn Brown winning the first Kate Kwasny Memorial Scholarship 2008

I don’t know why Tim got a hole in one.  He must have just been at the right place at the right time.  He hit a 5 wood which is a club that I have in my bag too because I have trouble hitting a four or three iron.  Undoubtedly everything worked to perfection. Lightening does strike and sometimes it strikes unexpected places.  The event officials had to scramble to find a prize for Tim.  “We have never had this happen before”, Jeremie explained.  I’m of the opinion that it may never happen again.

I don’t know why Kate Kwasny died.  She was so young with seemingly  so much more to give.  It really doesn’t seem to make sense in our earthly minds.  Unlike Tim she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  On her website there is a statement that is stated that she believed in.  “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.  Through their efforts her loved ones have not allowed Kate’s memory and what she stood for to die.  They do not dwell on the past, but have lit candles for others to see the path as they pass.  I wrote a poem years ago at a similar time of loss in my personal life called “The Window”.  The poem is about confusion and not understanding events that happen. The words are just expressing to God how I felt.  The window is fogged up now and the view is unclear.   I was searching for answers that I couldn’t have at that time.  For now the Kwasny family and friends also see a fogged up window.  Life is unpredictable and unexpected things sometimes happen.  When the unexpected is good we shake our heads in amazement.  When the bad happens we shake our heads in sorrow and question Gods plan.  Kate’s memory lives on in others and always will,  but the answer to the question of why she isn’t with us anymore will have to wait until the fog is lifted.

The Window
by Lewis Hamilton
from the book “The Gardener and My Garden” c1997

Sometimes I shake my head oh Lord
I just don’t understand
I know it all works for our good
just let me see the plan

If I could see the outline
with steps one through four
I’d know why this has happened
and wouldn’t question anymore

But when I try to look
through the window of my spirit
It’s so fogged up I can’t see
I wish somone would clear it

This has tested my faith oh Lord
and all that I’m about
I’m to trust you for everything
There is no time to doubt

For in your time we’ll know all things
You’ll hold us, oh so near
Then you’ll explain your perfect plan
and the window will be clear.

Now we see but a poor reflection
as in a mirror, then we shall see
face to face. Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully, even as
I am fully known.

I Corinthians 13:12

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