Two days ago a friend called to say that, for the first time in her life, she found a four leaf clover. The friend is a professor who teaches a class in Folklore. She was thrilled because four leaf clovers symbolize love, hope, faith, and luck and four leaf clovers are quite rare - one in ten thousand.
I told my friend that I found my first four leaf clover at age six and I wished that I would see a shooting star. As a 6-year-old I wished for a wish. Then I had decades to think of a better wish should I ever find a four leaf clover again. I found one at 42 and I wished for peace in my heart.
Now I am 60-years-old and although this phase of my life has been very difficult and quite disappointing, I had a spiritual awakening about two years ago. I know why I am here on earth and I have fulfilled my life's purpose. (Perhaps I only had a partial spiritual awakening because I still worry. These days I worry that I might die soon - not because I'm ill - but because I already fulfilled my life's purpose).
So, yesterday evening I was walking and thinking about four leaf clovers and my life's purpose and I looked down and there was a four leaf clover - the third one I found in my life. I made my wishes and said my prayers.
When I returned home I opened up a book written by my great-grandfather. These words of my great-grandfather lead me to believe that I should have hope and faith and know that God is not going to abandon me now: "Let us see this truth clearly... It would be absurd to think that when [God] has set thy feet on the upper way, after thou hast looked and chosen, [God] abandons thee... This struggle is the heavenly journey already entered upon. It is the way of victory... And the journey of the jubilant song."