Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Is This My Life?

I have a child who is experiencing a whirlwind year - she started off in Denmark, and for the past three months has been in the Mid-west on an internship. She'll get one week off and then she returns to the South to complete her final year of college. In this past year, she's had ups and downs. The "ups" gave her an appreciation for new experiences, but the downs forced her to reflect and dig deep.

In the digging deep, she may have wondered, "Is this my life?" Have you ever felt like the things you're going through can't possibly be happening to you, like someone swapped your life?

When I go to the farmer's market, I get distracted and sometimes walk away from my cart. There was a time in my distraction I picked up a bunch of spinach and placed it in what I thought was my cart. Imagine my surprise when I got to the checkout and I took out the spinach - which were mine, but the coffee and oranges weren't.  I realized that I had put my items in the wrong cart and had continued pushing the cart as if it was mine.  I only realized it when I went to check out. Now the fun began - I had to find the original owner and my cart. So I walked back to the spinach and I saw a lady wandering aimlessly around. "Is this your cart?" She said "yes;" we made small talk and laughed about this debacle for a second.  I returned her cart to her and proceeded to my cart, which was exactly where I'd left it.

We live our lives as a tale that is told. There's a brevity to our lives, even though it seems so long and intense when we're going through. However, it is your life and it serves a purpose. Remember, God isn't distracted when it comes to you - He's not placing items meant for others in your life; what's in your life is meant for you - warts and all.

........we spend our years as a tale that is told. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90:9,12


Are you seeing how God has placed certain items in your cart? Ever felt like switching experiences with someone else? Ever felt as if your life was the Twilight Zone? Do you see how God has a purpose for you and your circumstances? 


3 comments:

  1. Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes!!!
    I needed to read this.

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  2. The cart mix up is too funny! I could totally see myself doing something like that. Sounds like your daughter is having an amazing (if whirlwind) college experience. She'll be so glad later on that she got some traveling in when she was still a student.

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  3. So true! Life feels long and intense but one day we wake up and we're very old and needing others help. May we treasure each day. Thank you for this post and for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower!

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