Sometimes you think you know where you are going. You can look at the next few months or years and see how they will be unfolding. Day after day the basic events of the day stay the same. There is something wonderfully comfortable about that.
Sometimes you have no idea where you are going to. Life shifts from its predicable pattern and routine to something totally unexpected. This may be fun and exciting for some you . Others of us may find it scary or unsettling.
It happens in an instant. You may wake up to what looks like a “normal” day with you on the computer editing a blog post, your son at his work table drawing a picture of jellyfish and your husband at his job of twenty years. Suddenly the garage door opens and change follows your husband’s car into the garage.
Change of this kind has shifted the life of my family in the last month and has hit many families in the last six or seven years. One day you have job and a mere twelve hours later you don’t.
Just as JDaniel crossed a bridge along a hiking trail we were on a few weeks ago we find ourselves at a split in the path of our lives. We may wish we could continue on the path, but we are being given the opportunity to step onto the beginning of a new trail. The first trail looks like a fine place to walk, but it isn’t the one the sign is pointing out that you to follow.
Standing with our toes edging over the beginning of the new trail we are left with many questions.
What town will be living in? Where will my husband find a job? Where can I find a job? Where will JDaniel start kindergarten in the fall?
We honestly haven’t any answers to those questions. We know we have faith that God will be with us on this journey on the new trail. He has challenged me to not pray for a miracle that would allow us to stay right where we are. (Though I would rejoice if this were His plan.) My prayers instead need to be focused on the fact that I have no idea where we are going, but that I need Him to help me keep my heart is open to His plan.
Just as JDaniel had to pause to look for signs along the new hiking trail we walked a few weeks ago, we find ourselves looking for the painted trail markers on our new path that will help guide us on this journey. We are pausing to pray often that signs will come quickly guiding us know where we need to be.
It isn’t easy to be patient and scan the horizon for small glimpses of where we might be going to. We are trying to enjoy the time we have this summer as a family. We are using the time we have to bond together through hikes and various other activities we love to do in and around the amazing town we live in.
How about you? Do you know where you are going to? Do you know what life is showing you?
This post is linked a wonderful link up called Memories Captured and Alphabe Thursday.