I have always loved words. I still remember when I began reading full sentences, got my first library card and the first book I read. In 4th grade a friend and I created our own comic strip based on the German Shepherd the nuns had. He drew, and I wrote the captions. From there it was not long until I discovered there were two things in life I wanted to do, become a journalist and later in Junior High School I learned about the Peace Corps and wanted to be a part of helping others. Instead of going on to college or training for the Peace Corps, I married and raised a wonderful family. I have no regrets where my life has taken me – it has and still is an amazing journey. Now, I find myself a widow with grown children. Retirement is closing in and many doors of opportunities to serve God has opened. All the years of preparation that began in my childhood dreams, took root in my early life as a young bride and mother; along with life’s struggles and joys each season prepared me for this time in my life. I took a slight detour and I traded my typewriter for the pen and paper of personal journals as I cared for my family. My life did not take me into the mission field in some faraway place – but it has led me to serve in my own communities, using skills I learned in my profession to support others in the mission field.
We all pass through the different seasons of our lives as we mature, develop new skills and move on. But what seems like to be an ending is actually the beginning of a new season in our lives.
By the end of summer, I had planned to be well on my way to launching a new blog. Through all my excitement I forgot one important detail – God’s perfect timing. In my impatience, I began to run ahead of God and when that happens life gets off balanced.
In the story of Moses, God went ahead of Israel as He led them out of Egypt. He led them in a cloud during the day, and when the cloud moved they followed and when it stopped they stopped to rest and prepare for the next part of the journey. Today we have His Holy Spirit in us, to guide us and make us aware of when we are to stop and listen or to move ahead and follow.
Paul also tells us in Galatians “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” We are to go when He leads and to rest when He instructs.
While making these changes in my blog I missed a step – to rest and be in His Word. This is the time to take a break, to rest and listen so God can work in my life and restore my balance.
In this season of my life I am trading my computer for a sabbatical while waiting on God’s timing for when it is time to move again.
Thank you for sharing your lives and your gift of words with me.
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