Don’t be let down by circumstances

A ship doesn’t sink because of the water that surrounds it but by the water that it lets in. Don’t let yourself sink because of things that surround you.

I read this advice this morning, at a time in my life when I feel sad. My heart is broken. Sometimes things happen that take us by surprise, things that we don’t understand. But we can’t be let down by the circumstances. Then we’ll be like a boat that sinks in the environment that was supposed to carry it.

Salt and Pepper with Captain Bravo

I lead a very lonely life. I have mentioned before that I have neuropathy in my feet and hands as a side effect of the chemotherapy I had nine years ago. I can walk inside the house. When I go out I can walk about a block. How I would love to go on walks in my neighborhood; but I cannot. That is a big cause of my sadness. Other things that have happened are private; nothing to write about. But I can write the words of God that have comforted me. Psalm 34:18.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

One sad time in King David’s life was when he had trouble with his son Absalom, who revolted against him to take his kingdom. Read the story in 2 Samuel 15 to 18. What great pain his son caused him! But David never stopped loving him. When Absalom died, David felt so much anguish that he cried out saying, “My son Absalom—if only I had died in your place!”

David had his harp and God had gifted him the talent to write. How beautiful is Psalm 34! But if you look behind the scene he was in distress when he wrote it.  He had to pretend madness because of his enemies. But in the midst of it all he had the goodness of the Lord to brighten his days.

The sun has hidden behind the clouds. I hope that soon it will shine through. Meanwhile, I continue with the joy of my heart, to write for the thousands of Spanish-speaking children who receive my stories.

I’m happy to announce that I have launched a series of stories for children on my English resource page. It’s about two fun-loving boys called Salt and Pepper, that will learn many valuable lessons through their kind neighbor Miss Beatrice. There is also a little girl in the story, a girl who wins a special prize for guessing a word about something that is worth more than gold.

It’s been eleven weeks since this story was “born.” It’s not going to end soon because the more I write, the more ideas pop up in my head. These imaginary friends make me company. I think of them and the children who read the stories and the sun that has been hidden comes back out.

Invite kids to read the stories. Read them for your children or grandchildren. There will be a new chapter each week.

We are praying for the nations. I had a request from Venezuela. The situation is very difficult. You might have seen on the news or read on social media about the suffering people are going through. Pray for God’s love to prevail, that in the midst of these critical circumstances people will come to know Jesus.

Another day I will be writing about the new school year. I have a very special assignment for this year. Apart from the company of my “story friends” I will have my grandson David coming to see me every school day. That’s a story for another day!

May I encourage you again to read Psalm 34? David looked to his Heavenly Father and declared: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

A ship doesn’t sink because of the the water that surrounds it but by what it lets in. Don’t be let down by your circumstances. Rise above them. Trust the Lord; He is good.

Just like David, I have tasted God’s goodness and I can say for sure:






About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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