“Why did I get this illness?” I asked.
When Esther long ago was faced with a choice:
Should she endanger her own life
to ask the king to save her people?
Said Mordecai[i] to her, “and who knoweth
whether thou art come to the kingdom
for such a time as this?”
“But it’s not fair,
it’s not what I planned for my life,” I moaned.
Said Lao-tse, a wise Chinese man,
“The world was not a setter of traps
but a teacher of valuable lessons[ii].”
“But what can I learn from this?
I can’t even clean my home.
It’s a struggle to get up each day,” I cried.
“Bloom where you’re planted,”
said the wise woman.
“But I feel so alone,
No one understands me,” I said.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace give I unto you …
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid[iii],” said Jesus.
“If You will walk with me,
I will try to learn,” I humbly said.
“I see that what matters
is what you do with what you’ve got.”
– by Danice Hope
[i] Esther 4:14
[ii] Benjamin Hoff. The Tao of Pooh. Penguin Books. 1983. Pages 4, 5.
[iii] John 14:27