It is day 5 of the All About Me Meme, and today’s topic is favorite quote. But, before I tell you what my favorite quote is, I want to tell you a story about me and quotes.
In 2000 I moved to the Chicago area. I had accepted a job in one of the northwest suburbs. The day that I moved, I literally packed my belongings in six Rubbermaid totes and crammed them into my Geo Metro. I didn’t have a clue where I would be sleeping that night. I didn’t have an apartment, I couldn’t afford a hotel, and I only had one friend in the Chicagoland area, and it was a guy. When I had last spoken with him, he was trying to find a gal pal for me to stay with. Which meant, I had no idea where I would lay my head that night.
As I drove up I-55, I kept praying, “Lord, if I have a place to stay tonight, I will know this is what you want for me. If I don’t, I will sleep in my car and drive back to St. Louis in the morning.”
When I arrived on Ryan’s doorstep nearly five hours later, my stomach and heart were in knots. I had no idea what would happen next. He introduced me to a friend of his from church, and she graciously said that I could stay with her until I found a place. I was where I was supposed to be. It took me two weeks to find a place to rent that I could afford. And as God would have it, it just so happened to be the condo next door to Ryan.
Initially, I didn’t have enough money to be able to get a phone line, so I frequently found myself staring at the walls. So, one day I decided that I would print out some of my favorite quotes and hang them up. I called them my “poster thoughts.” Soon enough, the entire hallway wall was covered with poster thoughts. Some of them where from brilliant authors. Some of them were my own. Anytime I found myself feeling down and missing my family, I would walk over to my wall of poster thoughts and start reading and my spirit would lighten.
One of the poster thoughts that really got me through some dark days was one of my own. I had written it in the margin of my Bible one Sunday as the pastor spoke. At some point in his sermon, he mentioned that light travels at 186,000 miles per second. And I wrote the following…
“If light travels at 186,000 miles per second, how much more quickly does the Lord—who made the light—travel to the aide of those who serve him?” Virginia (Shimchick) Higgins, circa 2000
I can’t tell you how many times I said “speed of light, speed of light” under my breath those first few months in Chicago. But, those words truly helped me make it through those first few months.
What quotes have had an impact on your life?