Good morning, New Women! Our post will be a little different today because Maeryn (my four year old granddaughter,in case you haven't known me for ten minutes -- otherwise you'd know that!) is with me.
When I told her I needed to write a blog post she insisted on helping me ... as you can see.
Here's her interpretation of the drawing -- and there IS a point to this - I'm not JUST being a ridiculous grandmother (although I admit there's a little bit of that ...)
"That's me outside by a hill. I'm wearing a fancy dress just for fun. On the other side of me is a scale with the numbers 1, 2 3 on it. I wanted to see how tall I was. Behind me are fireworks. It was just what I wanted to draw. I wanted to send something different to your (that would be Nanny's) friends."
(SHE TYPED HER NAME HERSELF. BRILLIANT CHILD)
And the point is? What, seriously, does this have to do with YOU not getting what God's will is for you right now? A couple of things apply, I think.
1. She definitely takes things as they come. We made a plan for today (complete with clip art on the plan!) but one thing kind of led to another ... Obviously you aren't 4 years old and have responsibilities and concerns for the future. But not EVERYTHING has to be decided now. As Paige pointed out in her comment, you're probably going to change your mind, whether you want to or not, several times, not just while you're in college but your whole LIFE. I've been a teacher, an artistic director for a children's theater, an author, a speaker, a mentor -- and some of those things at the same time. God's not famous for showing us the whole tapestry at once. (Thank you, ESTHER)
2. She enjoys the process. Most of the time we can only eke out God's will for us for the short term. Should I be friends with this person? Should I focus on God and not try to have friends? (that one's only partly true, but that's for another post, ESTHER) Should I keep reading and writing and praying or just let God drop in and do the God thing? (I think it's both, ELIANA) It's hard to "enjoy" the process as in YOOMIN's case, when God seems to be opening a door and then it slams shut. That's where the trust comes in. You'll know the right thing in the long run if you take joy in each step in the short run.
3. Sometimes in the midst of what 's happening now (she's currently making masks) Maeryn asks, "When will it be time for the tea party?" When I answer, "That's happening later," she gets on with the next thing at hand. She can do that because she trusts that there WILL be tea party. When I promise something's going to happen, it happens. God promises us that God will be faithful, loving, caring, strengthening and energizing -- and God is a whole lot more trustworthy than I am.
More on this Monday (with Paige's next post happening Thursday). If you want to post, tell us which of those three lessons from Maeryn is most helpful right now. Or is she just cute?
Now, I need to get to that tea party!
Blessings, Nanny ... oops! Nancy Rue!