Thursday, August 27, 2015

Appreciating Patience



My expectations of what I "want" and what "is" constantly seem to butt heads in my mind.  What I "want" tends to be either unrealistic thinking, future dreams/plans, or selfishness.  What "is" most certainly is always reality.  Reality isn't always the most fun to cross paths with, but I believe it is necessary for growth in ones human spirit and life.

I try to combat my "wants" vs. "needs" or "what is" by trying to recenter and focus on where I am and be/live in the moment.  Gratitude is all around us - sometimes it's just a matter of opening your eyes and moving something out of the way.  It's a bit like looking for that missing spice in the cupboard.  There are so many others in the way that are spices that makes you think of all the goodies you could bake, but what you're making right now requires the one that is sometimes in the far back of the cupboard.  So today, though I'm not where I want to be or doing what I want to do which because something unplanned happened (don't you hate the unplanned things in life? lol), I will make the best of today and enjoy it for what it is, not what I wanted it to be.

I'm grateful for true friendships in my life who I wouldn't have otherwise known had I not reached out of my comfort zone.  I appreciate their understanding of patience as it reminds me to actually be patient with myself.  It teaches me to be a blessing to others when sometimes I just want to do my own thing.

So with all of this, I am reminded of the old hymn originally written in 1905, "His Eyes Are On the Sparrow:"

"I sing because I'm happy;
I sing because I'm free;
His eye is on the sparrow;
And He watches over me."

The comfort of knowing I'm free - free in religion, free in Christ, free in America, free in my disability, etc, etc, - the comfort of knowing I'm FREE in Christ alone is what sustains me through life's unexpected plans.  And for that, I am happy and grateful.






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