God can use all sorts of things to heal us, to lift our spirits for a time and give us hope. This picture shows us happily smiling with an amazingly beautiful view behind us in Portmagee, Ireland. What the picture doesn’t show is the hike that preceeded it, one foot placed after the other to reach the top. What it also doesn’t show is my sprained right ankle, carefully wrapped and tucked tightly inside a laced-up boot. You see, I had turned it two days earlier in the airport enroute, and I thought hiking was definitely out of the question for a few more days. I had iced, rested, elevated, but I was in IRELAND, baby! We drove by this short hike, and I said, “Let’s try it….I can stop if it gets too bad.” Step, step, step, keep going, almost there…..aaaahhhh…look at that view!!!! 🙂 And suddenly, that ankle felt so much better. And it was fine the rest of the trip. God’s beauty, a goal, what a great combination.
Note to self: Must remember this story and keep on looking for the views. 🙂
I was asking someone the other day if they were working on any goals. A bit of laughter ensued, as we both realized that we were a little tired of goals. But I prefer to think of them as action steps. What I am going to do to get where I need to go. Like this picture….off far in the misty distance is the beautiful island that I would love to see one day. But right in front of me is the path with the beautiful black gate and lovely flowers. I may or may not reach that island, but there is a good pathway right in front of me, right now. And all I can do is what is in front of me, no worrying about yesterday, trying not to fret about all the things that may or may not happen tomorrow. Putting a smile on my face, now. Taking a couple deep breaths, and appreciate the fact that I’m alive, now. Watching my fuzzy dog puttering about, now. Inhaling my coffee, now. Being thankful for all the good things God has blessed me with, now. Love and blessings to you, Lisa.
So I played “Candy Land” with my 5 year old over the weekend. And got stuck in the gooey gumdrops and the molasses swamp repeatedly. Once you land on those dreaded black dots, you have to wait for the yellow card or the blue card to be drawn in order to move again. So I continued to draw and wait, while my child laughed gleefully at my predicament and advanced towards winning. (And she did win, twice in a row. 🙂 )
Later, I thought about how life is so much like that game sometimes. We get stuck, or mired, or obsessed with some goal or object that we feel we have to obtain in order to move on. And then we’re stuck in the gooey gumdrops. Life continues to swirl on around us, while we’re just sitting and waiting and hoping for this thing that we think will make us happy. When we finally draw the right card, it makes us happy, but usually only for a little while. The only lasting thing that can make me happy long term and forever is Jesus. He’s the only thing I need to get me out of the molasses swamp and into the abundant life that He longs for me to have.