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Kandi Farris: Turn the page

A few years back I came across a piece of paper on which I'd jotted a tale my friend had told me about "turn the page."

My friend's little girl was a big-eyed, four-year old angel. She'd been cooped up recovering from some big-time surgery. The day came when she was able to finally get out and go to the store. Due to her hospital stay and recovery, she'd been showered with love, prayers and a whole bunch of goodies.

She was feeling a bit entitled when they entered the toy section, her mind conjuring up what goodies she was fixing to rack up.

She began to vocalize her thoughts. Mama was worried that her little girl had, despite her circumstances, crossed the line of entitlement and said as much, "Sweetheart, it's not all about the 'stuff' You and I aren't on the same page here."

In a blink of an eye the little darling countered, "Mama, would you think about turning your page?"

There you have it. In a 4-year old's wisdom the solution was for mama to "turn her page." I love it. It made me think.

So as I sat and pondered on the porch, the winds were swirling through the trees. The leaves were letting loose and catching a ride. Until this week, it seemed that the thermostat had forgotten what page it should be on in November, but the trees hadn't forgotten to turn over an old leaf.

On my rounds outside it was as if the woods were alive with a high intensity. The squirrels were squirreling away their goodies. Birds were stocking up for a cold winter's night. It didn't matter it was 85 degrees outside at the beginning of the month; they knew it would soon be time to turn the page. Eventually the cold would begin its chapter.

That'll preach. All creation cries out there is a God. We often to tell God to get on our page; We want to show Him which page we think has the best "stuff." I am praying we all remember it's only God who knows the number of pages in our book. He knows the beginning, the end all the pages in between. To live out the pages of our book well, we need to get on and stay on His page. He wants the best story for our lives. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is no shadow of turning with Him.

Don't rush through trying to turn your pages. Cherish the page you're on, make this a season of loving family, caring about others, watching the leaves change colors and making the most of today. Turn the pages over to God, trusting Him with the good, the bad, the sorrow and the joy. Lean on the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is able. He is faithful. Now, that's a page turner.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.

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