We never really know what may lie just around the corner. We never really know what challenges we may meet, and what they will demand from us.
What we can do is to follow the counsel given in the Lord's parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25. These women found themselves, either foolishly unprepared, or calmly ready for whatever came their way. There is such wisdom in keeping our lamps trimmed and burning. There is such wisdom in returning often to the sources that refuel our oil supply.
Throughout a weekend which held much of surprise, I watched my husband, who was prepared, calmly accept a new assignment to serve the Savior. It will be demanding. It will be challenging. Yet I have observed, from the vantage point of a wife, the past few months as the Lord has blessed him with the tools he would need, including improved health and strength.
I am thankful for his willingness to serve. I am thankful for his kind and loving heart.
I am thankful for the oil in his lamp.