What Matters

“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

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