"Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this." ... Ecclesiastes 7:10
My friend, Ann, shared this page of 1970's clothes over at Facebook:
Oh wow. I went to high school in clothes like those and, well,:
I don't miss high school.
I don't miss the 1970's.
I don't miss the people I knew back then (except sometimes my grandparents).
I don't miss being a teenager or a young wife and mother of a baby.
I don't miss the good times from my past.
But gee, I miss those 1970's clothes.
And actually, to say (and mean) all that? That's huge for me.
See, at 16 I wrote in my journal, "I am forever homesick," because we'd moved from a church/school full of people who helped me, for the first time, feel valued, talented and appreciated. And now our new city was pretty oh hum, status-quo except that there I found a really, truly best friend. With Tara, Life became incredibly fun.
But then we moved again and I dreadfully missed her.
Yet in this new place, I told God that making friends during this senior year would probably be impossible, so instead, I would do whatever He asked me. And wow-- I had the best time, ever. Daily I walked around that town in a dream, stars of happiness dancing in my eyes.
But then-- yes. Again I moved, this time to college hundreds of miles away. Sorely I missed that tiny mountain town and again I scribbled in my journal, "I am forever homesick."
Yet summer came, I returned home and then my family moved away (yes, again). But this time my heart refused to leave. At 19 I'd had enough of moving every two years so I elected to stay and you know? Right away I met Tom and four months later we were married. Naomi soon joined us and we lived for 11 years in that land of warm, scented pine trees.
And finally, I stopped missing people and places. How wonderful to experience Life in the Present without craning my neck painfully backward toward the Past.
Eventually, here in New York, God did a final work. He took me apart and put me together again His way and--in His economy--He comes first (not people) and there is great contentment with fullness of joy.
Now I can live anywhere that He leads me. As long as I still have Him, I know everything will be all right.
Well, Him and the memories of those oh-so-cool 1970's clothes. :)
"But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt." ... Genesis 19:26
God couldn't really use me those years when I looked back and concentrated upon what I'd lost. Perhaps He saw my usefulness as a sad ol' pillar of salt during those times, who knows?
"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence ..."...Psalm 16:11
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