|Averi, playing Christmas carols on the piano!|
Sunday night, I had the opportunity to listen to the most wonderful lady speak at a Bishops Fireside for the youth, about trials and adversity. She talked about how she always wanted to play the piano. She had worked at it, and worked at it, until she was really good and finally felt comfortable playing in front of people. She had learned all the hard things, and actually loved playing in church and for groups.
One summer afternoon, her life changed. She was mowing the lawn when it started to rain. She was in a hurry, and tried to unplug the mower by putting her hand down the grass thrower to unplug the mower. She heard a "crunch" and immediately knew what had happened; the mower had cut off four fingers on her right hand. The story she told of her incredible journey and recovery was amazing. Her story was truly one of prayer and faith. She told of her constant and fervent prayers for strength, and how her righteous desire to play the piano again came true, through faith, hard work her trust in the Lord! She ended the night by playing the piano for us . . . and it was truly beautiful!
"Like the mortal life of which they are a part, adversities are temporary. What is permanent is what we become by the way we react to them."
This amazing woman did not let the accident slow her down or ruin her life, in fact, she said that it has been a most wonderful blessing!
Today, help me to be ever mindful and thankful for all of the big and small miracles and blessings in my life!