I was responding to a blog post over at Giving Up on Perfect (I LOVE this blog!) and thought-hmmm-this might be a good 31 Days post. I had my little list of topics and had narrowed it down to two that I was gonna pick from and yeah-in typical style-this wasn’t one of them. Oh well, sometimes the best things come from derailed plans!
We don’t have a home. It isn’t really as dire as it sounds but it is a disruption that makes me feel agitated and uncomfortable. As a homebody, I love to feather my nest and have a place that is warm, welcoming that folks like to hang out in-so being without that comfort is a challenge.
Facing the reality that we needed to sell our home and find something more affordable was one of those deep breath, big gulp moments. It sold immediately(a great thing!). Annnnnd-we had no plan (not a great thing). I am one of those people who
have like to have a plan, and a back up plan, and a back up for the back up-just in case. So, while going through this process I may have been able to greet other people and look calm inside my head I was running in circles muttering OMGOMGOMG. Not the calm shout out to God kind of chant but the totally chaotic, I forgot who was in control kind of murmurings that really get things done. Yeah, No.
Bless his heart, my hubby was able to find a temporary place for us to live-and just in time(literally. last. minute.). But we could only be there a week. What? But, we could move back in after a week. Oh, and it might have to be in a different unit. OK, so move, move out, move back in…sure! Sounds like fun. Do I sound spoiled? I was trying really hard not to have my own little melt down-didn’t work so well. Did I mention that we have a cat that is accustomed to hanging out in the great outdoors? Yeah- he meowed-non stop-for the entire first week. Oh, and the tenants below? They had a dog that would bark at the drop of a leaf. That the walls are fingers in your ears lalalalalalalala thin? Yeah. Fun times.
OK, now that I am finished with the pity party-guess what? God tapped on my shoulder, cleared his throat and suggested I look out the window. I may have forgotten Him in the middle of my OMGOMGOMG merry-go-round, he didn’t forget me for a second. And, he brought presents.
I have always wanted to live in the country-preferably prairie-with a house plopped in the middle of 40 odd acres. Not sumthin’ likely to happen BUT….
Hello! I have this tiny window in the kitchen and I literally stopped mid-coffee-sip one morning when it hit me what-exactly-I was looking at. The view is stunning! Siiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhhh. And, wait for it……He gives me deer-twice a day-who linger and munch their way across the field (it’s left of this image but I’ll probably post other pics throughout the month). Yup-He loves me-even when I act like a spoiled child. OK, a very spoiled child.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Not that I could improve on the Word but mentally I add “love of tangible goods, love of place, love of…..” whatever I happen to be fixating on-shoot, it could even be lack of candy corn at the local store! Funny thing is He still cares for me-and you-in the middle of the temper tantrums and patiently waits for us to pay attention.
He knew what I needed on a deeper level-breathing space to linger and listen. I love how He works. I am working on the listening part but I have the lingering thing pretty solid for the moment. Did I mention that the coffee pot is right next to the window?
I am off to linger some more-it’s raining and simply beautiful out there….and I have some listening to do.
Enjoy the AND because that is where the journey is happening-
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