What a year, right? Ask many people about 2016 and they'll use naughty language to describe it.
But seriously? All those chances, choices we had to grow closer to God! To move over, sit nearer to Him rather than running, wandering. To watch Him suddenly become more real and a sweeter comfort, walker-with-us than all friends or relatives or pet companions, combined.
Awesome, those opportunities.
Plus, in 2016, we could treasure-hunt positive, uplifting people, books, biographies, social media, inspiring quotes and thoughts, tv series. We could travel or hike down trails or simply around our neighborhood.
We had chances to love, give, change, grow, be bold, be patient (and be s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d, oh dear, what comes out!) and to eat, drink and be merry.
Remember what Frank P. Church alluded to in his famous letter to Virginia?
"The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world."
Or what 1 Peter 3 says?
" ...let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."
No span of days can snatch away Life's most precious, hidden things. God plainly sees those, we mostly just sense and feel them through His goodness. Ah, His goodness! It can paint the darkest, shadowy day over in brilliant strokes of gold, instead. Anytime.
And no one, no 2016 type of year, either, can rip away what's real from any of us who keep looking upward to receive it.
" ... while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." ... 2 Corinthians 4:18
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." ... 2 Corinthians 5:17
Anyone struggling today? Oh my, may this fix you right up! Wow. What a life's-axis-straightener.
Snow Day. Trash Day, too. :)
Stress is not what happens to us. It's our response to what happens and response is something we can choose.
Maureen Killoran quotes