All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
I have been thinking a lot about the big picture lately. Perhaps that is what happens when you reach your late 40’s early 50’s. You reflect on where you have been and where you are going – what contribution you are making to the world – and what are the important things in your life. There is a reality check that takes place when you realize that you have less time ahead then you do behind you – and that the years are moving swiftly by. Time becomes a precious commodity – priorities become clearer – and treasured relationships become valued for the richness they bring. Deeply rooted values that have guided decisions along the way become a much stronger leader in the journey.
The years have brought much joy as well as much pain and loss – as we all experience in life – some to a greater extent than others – and although there are many things that become easier as we grow older, there are many things that are more difficult as well. The journey of life is a path which should you choose to learn along the way can be a rich library of wisdom and understanding. It very much depends on attitude. We face continual resistance as we move forward, especially if we attempt to take on great dreams – but resistance is necessisary to give lift – overcome the resistance and we can soar.
I try and remember each day that “all that is gold does not glitter”. Sometimes gold can be solid character with strong beliefs in justice, truth and love – not very glamorous perhaps – but precious gold and highly valuable.
I tell my self that “not all those who wander are lost”. When I find myself wandering in thought, in feeling, and in path – sometimes it is the creative road that must be taken to find our way forward in our own journey.
“The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost”
“From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring”
Joy can be found in all of life – not always in every moment , but certainly after the weeping subsides – and then in looking back, there is joy in the weeping – as it brings a deeper rooted understanding of the importance of values and the importance of dependence on a greater sovereignty. God is faithful to bring beauty out of ashes, and light to the shadows.
Learning to live each day trusting in a sovereign God gives me peace and my prayer is as stated below:
Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things to rely on Your Holy will.
Reveal Your will to me every hour of the day.
Bless my dealings with all people.
Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by You.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me the physical strength to bear the labors of this day. Direct my will. Teach me to pray. Pray in me.
~Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow