Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"If You Are Patient and Paying Attention"

"Most of us figure out by a certain age . . . that life unspools in cycles, some lovely, some painful, but in no predictable order. So you could have lovely, painful, and painful again, which I think we all agree is not at all fair. . . But if you've been around for a while, you know that much of the time, if you are patient and are paying attention, you will see that God will restore what the locusts have taken away."
--Anne Lamott,  Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

14 comments:

Polly said...

Oh, I enjoy Anne Lamott; my best friend was just quoting from this particular book the other day (I haven't read it yet). And of course, it's so true.

seashoreknits said...

I loved your quote from Anne Lamoff.
It immediately made me think of this psalm:

Thou who hast made me see many sore troubles wilt revive me again; from the depths of the earth thou wilt bring me up again. - Psalm 71:20

Lilian said...

Insightful Anna. Thank you for the encouragement.

Lisa said...

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

I've wondered about Anne Lamott's writings.


Lisateresa

Anonymous said...

I don't usually comment, but thank you for those words. What a beautiful picture. Life has been mostly the painful for the past year, but I love the picture of God as a restorer!

Anna said...

Lisa, sometimes she drives me nuts, and sometimes she hits the nail on the head.

Polly said...

I feel the same way about her! I had to give Operating Instructions away because it was so aggravating to me; I couldn't bear it. But there are nuggets of wisdom peppered throughout her books. If you are patient and pay attention, that is!

The Mayo Family said...

Beautiful....
Blessings~
Lori

Erin said...

Anne Lamott has the best way of putting complicated experiences into few words. thanks for sharing, I wasn't aware of this book.

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking of that the other day "The lord will restore what the locusts have eaten."

Anna, has Clara seen this video? Me and My Cello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKC-lRhvdNY

Amy F.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Wow, this is my life in a nutshell. Thanks for sharing the source.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, and just what I needed to read today.

Marlaine said...

Thank you for posting this quote--after reading it, I went straight to my library website and put in a request. It's been a while since I read any Anne Lamott and I'm looking forward to it!

silly lillys said...

Powerful words. Thank you.

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