Wednesday, November 06, 2013

One or the Other

I want it all. Who doesn't? I love this little life God has given me, but when it's over, I would like to go back and see what it's like to grow up in a big family, and see what it's like to be a mom. Also, I always wonder what it would be like to live in a rural area. I'll never know, though. The author of Hebrews said that it it appointed for each man to live and die just once. More recently, Judy Garland sang, "You just can't have everything." But having everything sounds so fun-to have a happy baby but not have to change diapers or get up in the middle of the night; to have a toddler but still be able to go out with my friends at the drop of a pin; to have a young child but still be able to drive around with Mr. M in his 2-seater sports car; to have a fancy and important job but still have plenty of free time for family and friends . . . the list goes on and on, but the end truth is that I have what I have, which is just what God wants me to have, and I need to be content with that.

STANDING IN THE NEED OF PRAYER

I've been discouraged and downcast in my heart for the past few weeks, and I couldn't figure out why. Now I think know. I think I can name the cause of my troubled heart; I've been struggling with contentment. Writing this post, and recognizing the source of my discouragement allows me to think more clearly about it, and take it to the Lord in prayer. I'm so glad to serve a God on whom I can cast my every care.

4 comments:

NeverAlone said...

I hate to think how spoiled I would have to be to never struggle with contentment. I was just thinking the other day how certain elements of my life were nothing like I would have chosen, or that certain decisions I did make for myself aren't some that I'd make again...and yet...I am better off than so, so many. If it were nothing else, I have Christ! What an amazing great thing that is, through no goodness of my own. In spite of my own terribleness. God is great. We all forget from time to time. And it doesn't go well for us, you'd think we'd all avoid that focus like the plague. Aaagh. I hope you have a good long time of feeling blessed and focusing on the great aspects of your adventurous life! :O)

The White Wave said...

Thanks so much for reminding me of the riches I have in Christ.

Anonymous said...

It's so true; no matter where we are in life, something isn't perfect...it reminds me of a story I once read about golden windows.


As the sun set each evening, a young boy would watch the windows of the house on the hilltop above him gleam golden bright. Oh, how he yearned to see those golden windows! One night the beauty was so great, compared to the dull ordinary cottage he called home, that he set out to see them. The sun was sunken below the horizon when he arrived, and the windows of the house on the hilltop were as dull and listless as any he'd ever seen. Exhausted, he fell asleep under a tree.

The next morning he awoke to see a smaller boy playing in the yard of the house. The boy stopped and looked at him. "Hello! What are you doing here?"

"I came to see the golden windows." he replied. "But alas, they are not here."

"Ah, no." said the little boy, kicking his ball. "There is nothing special about our windows. But, come here, I'll show you something!"

With that, the little boy scurried around the house and went to the edge of the little path that wound down the hill. Our wayfaring hero followed close behind.

"Wait just a minute." breathed the little boy. "See--there!"

As the sun rose from behind them, the little cottage in the valley began to sparkle, and the windows glowed with a golden hue.

"Why, that's my home!" cried the boy who had traveled the night before. And with joy in his heart he set out down the path. His journey was over.



So often in life we think someone else has the house with the golden windows, when the only thing that's really different is our perspective. :-)

-Persnicketta

The White Wave said...

Thank you, Persnicketta.