Sorry about the long break. My kids have been on school holidays for the past three weeks, and I basically fell into the same mode, taking life with ease and as it came, day by day, with no major plans - or dramas... which is always a bonus, ay! ;)
I was just sitting here, walking back through the past three weeks and the life that impressed me one way of another during that time, and, while wondering what stood out to me the most, I was drawn to how unstable and unpredictable life can be.
Don't get me wrong; my life is fine. But these past three weeks I welcomed new friends, reviewed old friendships, changed direction - with thought, foot and deed - renewed bonds of old, watched a lifestyle alter, said goodbye to some desires/visions/hopes and welcomed new ones, saw a friend leave this world, and much more... and looking to see what the link between them all was, I had my eyes opened to the instability and unpredictability of it all.
Life as I know it today, can change at any given moment - either for the better, or for worse. Just like *that* any one thing in life can change, and alter my life drastically. And not just in my life, but yours, also.
Now please don't think me a fatalist. :) I'm not sitting here in fear, dreading what tomorrow may bring. For I know my God and I know that He desires to turn all things for good for those who love Him and let Him. He delights to bless - despite what false teachings, certain religions and atheism has tried to convince us of over the centuries.
I'm not walking in fear, but the simple fact is that we don't know what tomorrow may bring. Chances are it's going to bring something great! Something we've been waiting for; hoping for; praying for. So, I'm not giving up on today because of what has or hasn't come my way so far; but the things that touched me these past three weeks drove home that there is only one thing stable and predictable in my life, and that is God.
He is faithful... He does not change... He does not treat us according to mood... And He's always looking for ways to better our world, despite what feelings and circumstances may be trying to convince us at the moment.
Hope doesn't disappoint... Life does, though.
Love does not break our hearts... Life does, though.
God is not changing, temperamental, or working against us... Life often is, though.
Me, I don't trust circumstances. I don't fear what may or may not be, but I don't put my trust in what I hold. Rather, I put it in what holds me and does not let go, no matter what: GOD. Without Him, joy is not possible for me, because hope will definitely appear to disappoint and love will definitely appear to break. But with Him, and through the eyes of His Son and His precious Spirit, I see Truth - through which is given me solid faith, hope and love - and in, and with, these things (these unchanging gifts given directly from the Father's heart to ours) life cannot and will not keep me down - no matter what may come. Because life doesn't end here. THIS MOMENT is not my goal, nor my destiny... this moment is simply a passageway to the next one, with the ultimate destination being my Father's arms... and I so hope to see you there, too... :)
ALL my love and respect