God never ceases to amaze me with the beauty He surrounds me with. The other night I was in awe of this beautiful sunset. The colors were breath taking and just made me stop in my footsteps and take in the moment for a bit. I thought to myself later, how many moments do I miss because I am not paying attention? Or I want the perfect picture and miss the beauty altogether? I am sure it far more often than I would like.
We live in a world where perfection is front and center. Facebook we see perfect pictures, perfect lives, and we want that. My sweet hubby made a statement that caught my attention. He said life is not about perfection, but perfect moments. We can’t live a life of perfection. But there are those sweet moments that are perfect for us. I have found myself taking more time to watch for those perfect moments that make me smile or says thanks to God. It has made me slow down and catch the beauty around me, the laughter of giggling kiddos, the starry sky, and kissing my hubby. He is right. There is no perfection and we shouldn’t spend so much time striving for it. It causes us stress, missed moments, and most of all lack of gratitude for what God has abundantly blessed us with.
I don’t want to be that person, but rather stretched to slow down and live a life of meaningful moments, and one of gratitude.
It has been a few weeks since I last had time to sit and write. That is and of the year teacher life. So I have needed some time to rest and along with that comes reflection. Lately I have had a lot of things on my mind and heart. They have filled my heart with so many emotions that it was hard to see through it all. I found ,myself wondering why God wasn’t doing more to fix some of these matters. I felt He was silent and I was wandering aimlessly on the path. Emotions can rule us if we let them or we can drop them at the feet of God and have faith that He has a purpose for all that is going on in the heart. I found when I became still, I had time to hear His whispers. It seems I needed a little heart work as I was letting my emotions control my path. Life challenges us and God grows in those challenges. He untanglesmthe emotions and clearsmthe path as He teaches me to have faith and to trust Him. He is always close to the brokenhearted. He finds us to Him. I can’t say I understand why certain matters were left as is, while others were changed, but I have made peace with that. To move on the path, I have to let go of some things, take a leap of faith, and breathe onward. There will always be matters of the heart, but God is always dwelling in my heart and growing what I need to stay on the journey with Him.
Can I just be up front and say I am not brave. Not at all!!! But as I sit in the beautiful afternoon sun reflecting on something of a challenge I am facing, God is asking me to trust Him, go out on a limb, and be brave in what He is asking me to do. I have argued I can’t do this because it is so not my comfort zone. Yet He has continued to ask me to be brave and obedient. I admire those who come so easily to being brave and acting like it is not a big deal. I thought of Moses today and how he was a little like me and yet he did as God asked. What an example for us, for me. But in all of this, God has already shown me He has got this. He will be faithful and He will go before me. It is ok to not feel brave, He will make me brave when the time comes. Somehow that brings me peace to get on the limb, take the leap, and know God is going to catch me.
Have a blessed Sunday,