Three years ago, when I was going to start my radiation and chemotherapy treatments, I was invited to my Braithwaite friends for dinner. Actually, I was given a standing invitation to have dinner with them anytime. What a deal! Sorry to say, due to the distance between our houses and my weakened condition, I was not able to enjoy that offer.
As I was leaving, we had prayer, and my friend Karen prayed that the ordeal would be like a picnic. Their three granddaughters were there at the time, the youngest two years old. She prayed that I would have a good picnic, because, of course, she did not grasp the meaning of the whole thing.
I had a long “picnic”! My friend Bruce has been through quite an ordeal with open heart surgery. The girl’s mother has gone through cancer fighting. In the midst of it all, God has sustained us.
Finally, today, we met again. They came over for a fun time of play with Brianna. We made jewelry and had a tea-party lunch. Brianna got to serve them healthy V-8 juice and Gatorade in little tea cups. How fun for a little girl!
Brianna with her new friends and their grandmother
The girls have remembered me as the lady who they prayed for to have a picnic. I was touched! When it was time to go home we made a circle and each prayed. How do you think I felt when each of them asked God that “Miss Kerstin’s life be a picnic”? That is, a picnic without ants!
Life turns out what we make it. Like they say, if God hands you lemons, make lemonade!
Often we can’t control our circumstances, and many times life gives us some hard blows, but with God’s help, even in the midst of a storm we can have a picnic.
The world needs more respectful and polite girls like the trio that visited me today. I applaud their parents and grandparents for doing a good job. I wish their life will be as a picnic.
By the way, my mower is fixed. Remember the guy that came by and offered to mow my lawn for five dollars? He pulled too hard on the cord and it broke. Praise the Lord, thanks to some kind friends the mower was taken for repair and is now as good as new. My lawn is moved and looks so wonderful that I could have a picnic on it!
Whatever happens to you, find your strength in God!
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging…
7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.