Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Cynthia gets it right about getting it right

Excerpted from a post of June 2015

Mr. Fixit and I were having a conversation about other conversations we've had with other people. One thing we've noticed is that there's an awfully big worry, in all kinds of areas, about trying to get things perfect. People want systems; commercials promise fix-alls. If you just live this way, do it that way, all your problems will be solved. There is little allowance for human variables, for weakness, sinfulness, or just realities in life. But still we get sold on the perfect way to do things.

In Jan Karon's novel These High, Green Hills, Father Tim and his wife Cynthia get lost in a cave. While waiting to get rescued, they hash out some of the issues Father Tim is having about his pending retirement from ministry. He insists, "The way things are, they're running smoothly, most of the bases are covered. I'm trying to get it right, Cynthia. I can't stop now." Cynthia responds, "Getting it absolutely right is God's job." 


GrammaGrits said...

I've been rereading the Jan Karon series in our isolation. So many blessings in the words of her characters. Thanks for sharing this one!

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks for stopping by! I agree, Cynthia is a wise woman.

Terra said...

Beautiful words said by Cynthia. I enjoy the Jan Karon Mitford books and the faith of many of the characters.