Forward and backward. Round and round. I thought I was going here and now I’m going here.
Sometimes life blurs the path, doesn’t it? I’m such a look forward person — planning my garden for the spring, or what we’ll do at the lake, or thinking about what math we’ll do in the fall, or what we’ll do for Gracie’s birthday. I want to keep moving, keep running forward, meeting the next goal. Then often, I’m stopped. In my tracks.
Then I spin around, in circles, not knowing which way to go and not even knowing what tomorrow will bring.
But, despite the spinning, life still moves ahead of me. Instead of looking weeks ahead it becomes about the day. Two feet walking forward clinging to the truth in Jeremiah 29:11 — For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It takes courage and strength to keep walking forward even when the path is hard, or messy, or blurred, or confusing. The beauty of moving, and pressing forward is that even in those harder times that there are moments of joy that can be found. Little joys — kids laughing, hot coffee in the morning, frost on the trees, Samuel snuggling, a clean living room, sweet emails — no longer overlooked, but aware and thankful for those everyday simple things.
That garden of mine that I dream about in the long days of February? It will be planted. The soil that’s waiting right now, rich and dark and cold, will soon bring life and beauty and joy. But, I have to wait. Wait until it’s ready, and having faith in the growth that will come even in the midst of winter when the path seems blurred and the world frozen.
How about you? Do you have a favorite verse that you cling to? Yesterday, on my facebook page, I asked that simple question and was so blessed by the verses shared – a treasury of truth.