Sunday, January 22, 2017

Life is a Novel, with Chapters Always Ending and Starting




It seems that with children and a family, things are always changing.  No stage lasts for long.  Many times I have grieved this, however the other day I realized that one way to look at change, is the closing of a chapter and the starting of a new one.  Life is really like a novel.  I love to read, especially historical fiction.  Looking at my life as a novel, with God being the author has helped me move into the next phase or chapter.  We've had quite a few chapters ending this past year.  My 4th son graduated from high school and started college.  My oldest daughter graduated from college and started working in Tenneesee.  Our precious dog of 12 years passed away.  It's easy as a mom to grieve these times.  To see them as seasons gone forever, but really it's the end of a chapter that God has brilliantly summed-up and the start of a new one.  I'm learning to look with hope to the next chapter, and actually finding it quite exciting.  God's novel for our lives is the ultimate page turner, with plot twists and switch-backs that we would have never planned.  At times, his plans seem awkward, painful and even wrong.  Yet, he weaves his story and we yield to his orchestrations, the purpose for which, we may not understand this side of heaven. Now that my little guy is 5, I've had a lot more time to do things I enjoy, like playing tennis.  I've also been taking an RN refresher course which has been really fun. I'm hoping to be able participate in more medical mission trips in the future.  I know God has great things for all of us.  He is the articulate novelist weaving our stories for His glory.  

4 comments:

  1. I've been thinking of an RN refresher course as well, or maybe switching to another new career (realtor)...are you doing this online? Thanks for the post, yesterday our sermon was on Hope...and it really got me thinking along the same lines of what you wrote. Blessings to you :) Adri

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  2. I appreciate this so much. Sometimes I approach change with a grieving heart, but you are right - God is writing each "chapter" and each one necessary to complete the story!

    Blessings on you,
    Carol from WA state

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  3. Nice to read this.Thank you so much for sharing this post.

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