The Power of Three

Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can withstand.  A cord of three strands cannot easily be broken.”

I love this verse.  It has so much meaning, and recently, it’s been playing out in a tangible way.  A few, actually.  Allow me to explain. 

1. The trinity is three.  Not that they will ever be broken, not even just one of them, because they’re divine, but three is one of my favorite numbers.  I actually like the number 9, because it’s 3 x 3.  And I was born in ’90 and graduated in ’09.  And I like palindromes.  Seriously off-topic.  Moving on.

2. I have two sisters.  They are best friends with each other, and they can withstand tons.  I have relationships with each one of them that’s different.  But when the three of us are together?  Like, wow. 

3. My relationship with God, and my relationship with Dr. Wile E. Coyote.  Both of them?  Try an all caps WOW.  It’s crazy.  I tell both of them what’s up, and Dr. WEC comforts me with God’s words and his own.  Even though D and I are 9 hours away and I can’t tangibly feel God’s hugs, words can be like a hug to me.  He points me to Christ, and I point him right back.  I am amazed at all that God can do with one person.  With two people who have devoted themselves to him?  *Head shake in amazement.*

4. This was the scripture at my parents’ wedding.  I just discovered that when I mentioned the verse to my mom.  What an example I have grown up under.  I am so gosh darn blessed. 

5. I don’t think my sisters will read this post, but I this verse is also a prayer for each of them, that if/when they do find a “somebody,” that their relationship will stand like the verse says, as well.  Husband, wife, and God.  I pray that they are pointed to Christ all the time.  This is the prayer for my other family and friends, too.  I have gotten to know people who aren’t both believers, and it has affected their faith.  I don’t know why I have been made aware of this, but I don’t want this to happen to anyone in my family or my friends, either.  I pray that all stand up in their faith, and that their faith may grow like crazy all the time. 

I love authentic relationships based on heavenly things.  Relationships based on worldly things will crumble and fall.  I’m not talking about significant-other relationships, but friendships, as well.  I can talk about my faith with my best friends and we can talk about what God’s been doing in our lives and talk about the Word.  There is such a thing as relationships like that, and they are awesome.  In church on Sunday, we heard a testimony from a guy who was like, “Why didn’t anybody tell me sooner!?” in reference to the life that God can give you (salvation).  I went through a lot of crap in high school, with the MS and all that, affecting me each day.  Even then, I was aching for authentic friends, but I didn’t know it.  I was kind of a loner and a little different, I’ll admit.  But I didn’t know there were such things as “authentic friends” to be looking for.  So now I’m telling you.  If you don’t have authentic friends you can tell anything to, why not try and get deeper?  Why not meet someone new at church and be real?  But only if the other party is willing to be real, as well.  I don’t know.  I just feel like telling you, my readers, that yes, there is more out there.  Keep strong in your faith, and keep praying.  God is cookin’ up some pretty awesome things (even if it takes YEARS of praying for it, it’s worth it). 

Until next time,

Anna

 

A Time to Embrace

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to refrain, and a time to EMBRACE.  Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, 4-5

All semester, my counselor had been asking me what it would be like if I embraced my MS.  And I thought I had, but then I knew I hadn’t.  It’s been a wrestling match for years and years (seven, to be precise).  I want it to be invisible again, like before I would be struggling to walk in warm weather and it was still easy to forget about.  I want God to come down and heal me of it, so that all can hear my really cool testimony and be like, “God’s awesome!”  I do want God to be glorified through it, but I don’t want it anymore.  Then, this morning, I read this really awesome email (that descriptor doesn’t do it justice, though) from my friend Amy.  She told me that her favorite memory of me was one where she saw me struggling to walk, but that same day, she saw me praising Jesus with everything I had.  She told me how obvious my love for the Lord was, even though I was dealing with MS.  That was a year ago.  Amy is not the first one to tell me how God has used me to touch her life, but this time?  I think it is time to embrace my MS.  For real, this time.

I am confident, Anna Olson, that God’s been working in you, that he’s been working through you in the lives of others, and that he’s using your struggles for good. . . . So, Anna Olson, don’t be shy. Continue to be bold, to trust God, because you have every reason to do so.

So, this brace that I wear and am asked by a ton of people about?  The one that I always feel embarrassed by and hate answering all the questions about?  I am not ashamed.  I will wear it because I need it, and answer questions about it patiently.  Sure, this MS is frustrating at times, but I won’t let it get me down!  It is time to embrace this MS; embrace that it is a part of me; and embrace all the good that God is doing through it (especially cuz anytime I get a front row seat to see God’s hand at work, I am in awe or him all over again)!

 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Smiling BIG, Anna =)^2