I have come to the conclusion that rearranging furniture is probably a metaphor for life. We have played musical furniture so many times over the past year and are probably not done yet. I’m starting to realize that shifting furniture around and making the pieces fit can teach us much about life. We have to look at our available resources and determine how they can work together to create the space that we need in order to be at our most productive. This is true of living life to our fullest potential as well as having a home with well-balanced furniture and accessories. Sometimes we have to accept that it might be time for something to go in order to make room.
This has been a year of accepting that God sometimes rearranges our plans. My husband has been without an official, includes benefits, job for a while now. Doors have been slamming all over the place. I finally changed the way I was praying. I started asking God to send my husband the work he had for him to do rather than asking God to send him the job we thought he needed. I also asked God to give us enough. It’s not the way we thought we’d be living at this point in our lives, but our needs are being met in the space we’ve been given. God is faithful and he does answer prayer.
I have been looking hard at what I’m supposed to be writing. For a long time I resisted writing about my mom’s Alzheimer’s and how it was rearranging all our lives. I didn’t want that to be my story. But, it is part of my story and it shapes my voice. To leave it out would not be authentic, so I’ve been rearranging and making space to explore the journey in my writing.
One of the highlights of this past year was when I went to a Writers Barn event and soaked in what Emily Freeman and Christa Wells had to say about our writing voice. Emily said, “Learn to respect the story that’s within you”. She’s right. Going forward, that is a lesson I will continue to embrace.
A year is made up of many moments that define our living. If we can look at those moments and see how the story was written, then we can take the truth from those moments and let them shape the story that is to come.
Rearranging in grace,
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