Friday, September 17, 2010

Pssst. Over here.

{Image: Happy Things}

There is, as they say, a lesson in everything. And I really do mean that. The good stuff and the bad stuff all has something to teach us. I guess it's just a matter of whether we're ready to start listening. Whether we have begun to actually hear the words that are being spoken to us--because listening and hearing aren't one in the same. Isn't it funny how some words cut to the very core of our being, while others simply skim the surface and are easily forgotten? Without realizing it we firmly grasp onto some, allowing them to sink in, while we let others slowly float away from our minds.

It has been said that God speaks to us in small ways. Small taps on the shoulder, light touches on the arm, cool breezes through our hair. But, when we aren't listening, being smacked over the head becomes a requirement. We sometimes require a larger push to understand what we aren't hearing, what we have chosen to gloss over with what sometimes becomes our selective take on life. When subtlety doesn't work, extreme measures become necessary.

{Image: Happy Things}

We move slowly through the ups and downs of life and sometimes, it feels like we're wading through mud. But in the end, there is a method to the madness. This is not an easy lesson for us to learn. Some things do not make sense. Good people will die long before their time. We will feel alone in a crowded room. We will question why life has brought us to this point without giving us the secret code on how to get through it. We will be scared.

But it is deep inside of these moments, the ones that make us think that nothing makes sense anymore, that we stop and realize that we are lost because we stopped listening--and hearing--the message being played over the loud speaker of our lives. We ignore the call to step outside of our comfort zone because it scares us. Or, we become complacent with mediocrity. Whatever the case, we have forgotten to listen to the whispers that remind us that everything is happening just as it should.

For me, I always come back to the one thing that has always kept me grounded. It's that gentle reminder that I mentioned I have sitting by my computer screen:

The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as a pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will;
That I may be supremely happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


Nikki said...

That was so beautiful! Thank you for that reminder:)

Lana said...

Have you read any of the thoughts from Holley at ? I love her daily messages SO MUCH! I think you would too!

My So Called Homeschool Life said...

Love your blog. Following from Following Fridays. Would love a follow back!

Ruthie Joyce

Sherrie said...

I love the cartoon! Such truth :0)

Steph S. said...

all of us need that little reminder to perk up our days - I certainly did! Thanks for posting something so positive :) Have a great week.


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