First off, my apologies for being MIA for the past couple of weeks. I didn’t think too many people would notice my absence, but then I started to receive some comments about the lack of posts to my blog, some from people I knew stopped by to check it out from time to time and others I had no idea even knew my blog existed. What a blessing! The end of 2010 was quite a whirlwind for me as I moved four days before leaving on a two week vacation for the holidays. Needless to say, I neglected the blog. But, I’m back in full swing so I hope to have many thought-provoking posts to come as I charge full force into 2011. I hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas and are as excited about this New Year as I am!
Ok – back to the topic at hand. Snowglobesville ~ population: 1.
I spent Christmas and New Year’s celebrating with family in Colorado and Arizona (and by family I mean relatives AND friends, because let’s face it friends, that’s what you truly are). Living 2,000 miles away from these people there are bound to be endless conversations that start out like this:
Family member: What’s going on in your life?
And many conversations were initiated this way. Here is how they progressed:
Me: How much time do you have for me to answer that question?
Family member: That much, huh?
Me: Well, I guess I see my present life like this, God has me in a snow globe and it’s being consistently shaken. Now picture me with extended arm flailing rapidly.
I feel the need to clarify ~ I wasn’t complaining or speaking in spite. This was just an honest statement of how I felt (not to mention what I thought to be a pretty good visual metaphor). Little did I know God would use this image I had created to teach me something.“If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open” (James 1:5-8 The Message).
Ok, now I wasn’t necessarily asking for wisdom with regards to my residence in Snowglobesville, but that doesn’t always have to be the case for God to speak to us, right? (Romans 8:26). So, here I was loving my little analogy and I was struck by a rather eye-opening truth. Yes, this might be an accurate depiction of my present reality, but I wasn’t fully embracing my current domicile as wholeheartedly as I believed I was. No, instead each time that snow globe was shaken, I clung to anything I possibly could within my little dome abode that would prevent me from flying around in the chaos of snowflakes and liquid. And yet the beauty of a snow globe occurs when those little white flakes and other tiny elements enclosed within embrace the chaos caused by the One who shakes the container. And embracing the chaos means letting go.“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Proverbs 3:5 The Message).
And that is precisely what I chose to do. I let go. What exactly did I let go of? Well, that could take up another blog entirely. Let my summarize it in this way, the earthly aspect of my life journey is one of uncertainty (in all honesty ~ yours is too. Gasp!). While I can anticipate certain daily occurrences, the real truth is I can only fully trust the promise of God’s truth; everything else can change in an instant, regardless of my actions. So, I can fully embrace that truth and live and dwell in it personally. God’s divine providence takes care of the rest.
And hey, floating around in a snow globe can actually be quite an exciting experience!