This picture was taken a few years ago, when my granddaughter appeared in “Annie, with a Twist.” The story was an adaptation of the famous Little, Orphan Annie and Oliver Twist, who in my version turned out to be lost relatives. Through their various adventures, they come together as a family and both show their persistence and grit.
Annie has learned, through her adversity, that life goes on and there’s always another day – another chance – another way. We can learn a lot from this sweet, little girl. She never gave up hope of finding her family. She showed great spunk as she forged a way to get out of her circumstances and push on to accomplishing her goal.
Sure it’s just a story and great fodder for the same, but how often are we called on to do just that in our own lives? We face difficult times. They might seem impossible to overcome. We feel we just can’t continue this way. Some even give up in despair. Many assume that God doesn’t love them anymore and has deserted them.
Our God isn’t like that. There will be times in our lives when we hurt, suffer, are anxious, depressed, lonely and even wanting to end it all. That’s just the time when we need His tender care the most.
I’m reminded of the story of the shepherd who breaks the leg of his sheep in order to keep it from wandering away. Our Good Shepherd sometimes does the same for His sheep to keep the close to Him. Sometimes we need to be broken before we can be fixed. We need to be put back on course.
Like Annie, we can remain hopeful, knowing that God has the reins and He isn’t going to let us fall. He’s in control and has even provided for all of our tomorrows.