I am choosing to share this hilariously bad photograph of myself standing in an abandoned church during a downpour in Cong, Ireland. Why? Because I think a lot of us are feeling like this lately. Fed up, wet, miserable, sick of whatever it is we are going through at the time. And my lovely husband thankfully caught one of those moments on camera. 🙂
This is the same day, the same me, just about 10 minutes later.
Amazingly, the day had turned around. I was in a warm, dry cafe with the smell of fresh bread and soup wafting from the kitchen. We had just seen the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara Quiet Man statue on our way into the cafe. And I was glad we were there, in Ireland, in the rain.
We sometimes just need to wait a few moments, or a few days, or a few months. Just give it time. This too shall pass.
Double Top mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains lies very close to our home. It stands there as a protective and reassuring figure of strength and resilience. The mountain looms large, beautiful, sometimes foreboding.
But yesterday, my daughter and I were driving in a neighboring county and saw the Blue Ridge mountains, stretching out in a long chain, ringing around our county and beyond. Absolutely beautiful, and altogether different.
There is beauty in the things we see close up and personal, things we touch and see and hear and interact with daily.
There is also beauty in things we step back from and try to see from a different and more remote perspective.
As I negotiate, try to rationalize, and grapple with the constant turbulent emotions of 2020, I realize that God used those mountains yesterday to remind me to step back. To try and see things, as best I can in this finite and limited body, with a more eternal perspective. This is not my permanent home. Someday very soon I believe, we will see Him as He is. We will be in a place where all is made new, made right. I am trying this morning to fix my eyes on Jesus, the best thing in this life that I can ever see.
The pier is fuzzy. I’m too close. My camera lens searches and focuses on the water beyond. Clarity, perspective, focus.
Life…sometimes feels fuzzy, unclear, unfocused. Maybe I need to step back a step or two, or twenty, and see it better from further back. Not disconnect, but give it more perspective from not being right on top of each situation. Trusting God more, trusting others to figure things out, trusting that God will work all out for the best end. Easy to say, hard to do. Pray for me, and please always let me know if I can pray for you. Slainte, Lisa
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” ~Psalm 139:9-10
Sometimes our feelings say that God is far away, but He’s always right here, right now. It’s usually me who has moved away. The amazing thing is that as soon as I say His name, “Jesus….” , the distance is breached. We’re close, He’s listening. Be encouraged today. Slainte, Lisa