God Works in Mysterious Ways
God Works in Mysterious Ways
“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
- Philippians 4:11
At first I was sure that I did not want to write an article for the advent devotional, but something made me reconsider just what an “Attitude of Gratitude” might mean in my life.
Yes, I realize that I have been richly blessed with great friends, great teaching and travel experiences, and a wonderful family.  But I admit with my diagnosis of ALS, my world and my faith have been badly shaken.  Why me?  Why now? Why take away all hope for the future?  And then, over the last few months and weeks, and many new helpers, I have begun to realize that my circumstances have opened up my life to exceptional new friends, many of which share my ideas and ideals, even though we come from very diverse backgrounds.  And through these many new helpers and friends, I have rediscovered an avenue for teaching and sharing my love of music and exciting travel possibilities with folks who have never experienced the world as I have.
“God works in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform.
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful saints fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread,
Are big with mercy and will break
In blessings on your head.”
(William Cowper)
Thank you Lord for helping me re-examine what my life is really about.
- Mary Ann Johnston


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:27 PM
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