There’s a sound in the air as our waitress makes her way to the patio from the kitchen and back yet again. The gentle rhythm of the screen door is a familiar tune reminiscent of days gone by. I love the feeling of home, and Hecla Island brings me back there every time.
The first year we went to Hecla, my sister took us for a drive. “I want to show you something,” She said.
We parked our car over on the West side of the island, slipped through one of the walking trails, and stepped onto an empty beach, just in time to watch the setting sun splash vibrant hues across the sky.
I love sunsets, and yet they’re always short-lived. But here’s the thing, we wouldn’t know the beauty of a sunset if it wasn’t for the darkness. We wouldn’t know the morning sun if it wasn’t for the night.
So it is with gratitude. We don’t know what we have until we suffer loss. We don’t know how good we have it until we simply don’t.
The same sister once told me, “Do you want a bigger house? Invite two elephants into your home for a week. Once they leave you’ll have more room than you need.”
And so my friends, let’s be thankful for the elephants. Be thankful for the valleys that remind us we have mountains, and thankful for the trials that remind us we have Christ.
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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