While walking Shakespeare through my deserted neighborhood, I turned to God and said, “You know, this quarantine is starting to worry me. How do I grow my business? How do I find a life partner when I can’t go out? I’m losing money and precious time.”

God pointed to a front yard garden. “See how beautiful those flowers are?”

“Yes. They are lovely, but you’re changing the subject.”

“Not at all,” God said kindly. “Think of the obstacles those plants have to deal with— clay soil that blocks their tender roots, too much rain from frequent storms, and snails and slugs. But they still grow and bloom, sharing their beauty with the world. You can accomplish what you want, too.”

“How?”

“Do as the flowers do. They focus on their goal of growing and thriving, not on the obstacles in their way,” God explained.

“That makes sense,” I said. “If I focus on my goals, I won’t be so overwhelmed by the problems.”

God nodded. “Keep your mind on the positives, not the negatives. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.” A yellow butterfly flitted into the garden and landed on a blossom, her bright wings opening and closing as she rested, soaking up the afternoon sun. “You’ll find your way, Sparrow,” He said and began walking again, humming a happy tune. I hummed along with Him, more confident in my ability to succeed during these challenging times.

 

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