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I carried a very frustrated heart across the field to the garden. A bird sang out from the tall trees as I made my way to my plot, but I wasn’t in the mood to listen.

“You’re troubled this morning, Sparrow,” God said.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” I answered, embarrassed to admit what was upsetting me.

“I understand,” God said softly. “I’ll just walk with you then.”

I let us into the garden and sat down on the bench to put on my clogs. Overwhelmed by my emotions, my words spilled out, “The project I worked so hard on didn’t work out. I failed.”

“You’re not seeing it correctly,” God said gently. “You see failure as the opposite of success. It’s not. It’s part of the path to success. Take what you’ve learned and keep going. Perseverance is powerful. You’ll ultimately succeed.”

I let God’s words settle into my heart. “Yes, you’re right. Of course. Keep going. This setback is just a stepping stone.”

God cupped His hand and whispered in my ear, “They are all just stepping stones.”

I nodded and smiled. “Let’s check on the beans,” I said and pulled on my hat. Off in the field, the bird was still singing. I listened to her as I tended to the life in the garden, confident in knowing that I was on the path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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