THE SE­CRET SUP­PLY

Activated - - NEWS - BY ROSANE PEREIRA ROSANE PEREIRA IS AN ENGLISH TEACHER AND WRITER IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

There is an old fa­ble about two neigh­bors who planted sim­i­lar or­chards. One wa­tered his plants ev­ery day, but the other, only ev­ery few days. When the dry sea­son came, the trees of the first farmer with­ered, but the trees of the sec­ond kept grow­ing steadily. Since these trees hadn’t been wa­tered so of­ten, their roots had grown down­ward to find the un­der­ground wa­ter ta­bles.

I re­mem­ber when I had to dig deep for the hid­den wa­ters. Our fam­ily was liv­ing in a city at the bor­der of Brazil and Ar­gentina. Busi­ness was go­ing well, and we had just moved to a nice house with a yard that we trans­formed into a small football field for our boys. Then my hus­band had a sud­den stroke and passed away af­ter three weeks in the In­ten­sive Care Unit. My whole world seemed to fall apart.

The emo­tions that come af­ter los­ing some­one so close can only be known by ex­pe­ri­ence. It was like an arm or a leg was miss­ing. I would of­ten dream of him still be­ing around and would some­times see some­one in the street and think for a split sec­ond that it was him, but of course it couldn’t be, as Je­sus had called him home.

My faith in heaven and that I would one day be with him again was what kept me go­ing. Those deep wa­ters of know­ing that God would never leave me nor for­sake me1 gave me strength to face the many chal­lenges that lay ahead.

To­day I en­joy my grand­chil­dren and con­sider my­self tremen­dously blessed. When trou­bles come my way, as they still do, I re­mem­ber how God didn’t fail me dur­ing that most dif­fi­cult time and gave me strength to go on. My se­cret sup­ply comes from Philip­pi­ans 4:6–7, which I have posted above my desk:

“Don’t worry about any­thing; in­stead, pray about ev­ery­thing. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will ex­pe­ri­ence God’s peace, which ex­ceeds any­thing we can un­der­stand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Je­sus.”

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The strong­est peo­ple out there—the ones who laugh the hard­est with a gen­uine smile, those are the peo­ple who have fought the tough­est bat­tles. Be­cause they’ve de­cided they’re not go­ing to let any­thing hold them down, they’re show­ing the world who’s the boss.— Au­thor un­known

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