My sister bought me a watch from her Avon supplier. It's a very cute watch with a leather band and a face that has five footprints in it. The 12 is represented by a cross. At first, I had just liked the gold footprints, finding them unexpected and artsy. But when I saw the cross, I said to my Mom, "This is a spiritual watch. It means that we are on a path with God."
Then, I turned it over. I looked on the back of the watch. Inscribed on it was "It was then that I carried you."
An instrument of time, telling me that God walks with me through every stage of my life, carrying me when I'm too weak or too sick or too angry to go any further. How many times have I said "I wish this never happened"?
It doesn't matter...all the bad things that happen to us. God is there with us through everything. I became very sick last year. The doctor said I'd be hospitalized for three weeks. Instead, I was out of the hospital after 9 days. I get extremely spiritual when I get ill and I seem to forget the importance of God when I'm in great spirits.
Not this time.
Every time I look at the time from now on, when I'm deciding whether I should run the red light to meet my deadline, or fume at how late someone is or is making me...I'll remember what I've been through and who it was who got me through and who it is that makes me know what it is to be loved.
"It was then that I carried you."