life can be good

12:02 PM Marcie Parson 3 Comments

Yesterday I went to a retirement home and met Sarah. She is 92 and blind as a bat, but she happily told me all about her life. She once lived in Arlington, Virginia, but spent most of her life in Utah. She was the first female student body president at "the BYU," met her husband there, and married him shortly thereafter. She said she once was a brilliant pianist. She would stand off-stage, someone would hand her music and tell her to be the accompanist, and she would waltz on stage and play whatever they handed to her. "It wasn't hard," she told me. She felt my hair and said, "I used to have long hair like this. It was beautiful." It wasn't hard to believe since she already looked incredible in her pale pink silk blouse.

I told her I was from a town near Arlington, and that I, too, go to BYU. I said that I couldn't remember a time when I didn't play the piano, and that it was my goal to one day sit down and play whatever someone handed to me. I began to think we were very similar.

She then proceeded to tell me that life will always have its challenges. There will always be twists and turns you don't see coming, but that you smile through it all, and it will turn out okay. She has been a widow for 50 some years, but she has lived a happy life with great moments and great children. "Life can be good," she said, "if you keep smiling." And she repeated it over and over.

She didn't say "life is good."

Life can be good.

I guess it's up to me now.


why God is good

2:34 PM Marcie Parson 3 Comments

Towards the beginning of the year, my Old Testament professor taught me that "God is good, always." It became my mantra. I began to notice both little things throughout my days as well as big things in my life that were evidences that God is good. This little phrase affected my entire semester and continues to make an impact on post-jeru life.

Yesterday was one of those days were everything could have gone wrong. I had laid in bed the night before entirely unable to sleep because my mind was racing just thinking about all of the things that needed to be done in the next 72 hours.

Then, everything fell into place:
  • On a time crunch, I ran into Einstein's bagels and walked right up to the counter. Immediately after a crowd of about 15 people walked in.
  • There were no lines anywhere I went on my morning errands.
  • There was one open parking spot in the lot closest to my apartment.
  • Rushing to class, I was 5 minutes late, and class hadn't started. I hadn't missed anything.
  • Once class started, my professor gave us an extra credit quiz.
  • The quiz was on the one chapter I had read in the last week.
  • Class ended with an announcement that for the first time ever our test would be in the testing center and would stay open until Friday. 
  • I had 3 more days to study for a killer test that should have been yesterday.
  • I went to work and only had 3 emails to answer, when last week I had over 150. 
  • When I came home, I found out that my previously failed cleaning check was annulled, and I didn't have to pay to have it rechecked.
  • While I had shut myself in my room to finish a research project, a friend called out of the blue and offered to bring me dinner.

So I know, they may seem trivial. But each of these things felt miraculous to me. God was looking out for me during my busy week.

God is good, always.