It’s Not Just About a Shirt.
November 17, 2022
I should’ve started this blog 7 years ago. I attempted to start… but just couldn’t seem to get the pencil to move. Have you ever been so close to something that you can’t see it? Like holding a picture up to your nose… you can’t see it until you move it away from your face… I think things in life are like that… we can’t fully see what’s right next to us until some time and some space come our way.
“My name is Ginger. I’m 5,673 years old. I look really good for my age.” This is what I used to tell students/children when they would ask me my age. Sometimes I would tell them that I was a vampire! LOL! (My humor can borderline dry/dark.)
7 years later, I don’t think I can say I look good for that age. Sometimes I feel like I’ve been through a 7 year war. 7 years of trauma. 7 years of “I’m so glad I didn’t know what I was getting into because I would have missed out on the most significant, life changing, best years of my life.” Because even though I feel like I’ve been through the ringer… who I am on the other side of that ringer is (I hope) so much better than I was before…
This is why God doesn’t always show us the entire picture of what He has planned for our lives. If we knew what we were going to go through it would probably scare us so badly we would try to change the direction of the path that Jesus has laid out for us.
We’ve been watching “The Chosen” as a family. I believe (from reading scripture and watching the actor portrayals) that if the 12 disciples (and the other followers, as well) had known where Jesus’ journey and their journeys were leading (on this side of heaven) they would have jumped ship…. (and some of them did for a moment or two) and not come back… and in the long run, they would have regretted it and their part to play in the spreading of the gospel would have not come to fruition.
What part do I play? What is my role in the long run? I do not know. But I have to have faith that Jesus knows what He’s doing. My life is in His hands. Ultimatley, I’m grateful that I don’t know where He’s leading me and what He has for me… because if I knew of the hardships (and there are always hardships) I would probably either jump ship or try to change His plan.
And HIS plans are perfect.
Deuteronlomy 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness without iniquity (injustice). Just and upright is He.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”