Monday, November 4, 2013

We Are Still Alive

I wanted to personally thank each and everyone of you who reached out and said such precious things to me regarding this post. Seriously, I was stunned and in such shock over the out pour of love and sweetness. Please consider this my personal "Thank You" and gratitude.

The title of this post might sound kind of strange, but I'll get there, it will make sense. I just need to work it out in my head a bit, bear with me, eh?

If we are still in the land of the living, that means we have not gotten a disease that has killed us, we have not been killed in some sort of accident, we have not been murdered, and we have not taken our own life. I think I covered all the ways that we generally die. For this truth, we are so lucky and blessed. I do not believe that disease and "bad things" are from God like a lot of people. Maybe that's too general, but I believe we are in a fallen world, and "bad things" come from something that is far from God. And why I believe that is more detailed but I didn't want to get into Theology. I'm just sure by me talking about death is stirring up feelings in a lot of you. In short, for whatever reason, WE, are still in the land of the living, and that is something to be grateful for. I think we take something as simple, yet profound as being alive, for granted.
Believe it or not, this is an encouraging post! At least I hope it to be.

How often to we want what we want now? How often are we impatient, day after day about one thing or another? How often do we feel defeated in our marriages, our jobs and in parenting? Isn't it true that we easily get frustrated and wish things could and would be different? We can't seem to understand the cycle of life. Sometimes things feel and look good, other times, if not most often, we are down and out by life because it's not what we had hoped for, or what we expected.

We are a people of wanting things NOW. We have dreams and envision a way of life, or a way of character that just doesn't seem to come, and if it does, it's slow.

I am eager for my skin to be shed, trust me. I want newness in my heart, constantly, and change is slow. That's looking internally, but I also want to be useful and purposeful in this life externally. I have ideas, dreams and hopes!

Sometimes I wonder if any of it will ever happen, or if the days will just keep going. I see how I'm used in my daily life and I do feel a sense of purpose, but it's spotty, and unpredictable sometimes, especially if I'm not feeling well. But what I need to remember in times of discouragement is that life is always unfolding! Even when we don't see it or realize it, something is always being worked "behind the scenes". We are still living, there is much to come! God is not finished with us yet, we are still alive! We don't have to feel defeated, we can take heart knowing that life is happening while we are waiting, we just might not see it or understand what it is. I trust that when trials come, let's say, I know that even though it's extremely painful and hard, that I am being made complete in my life. I am going through something I have never gone through before, I need to learn something I never have. I find solace in knowing that I am being made whole in the process called life. Or if I am wanting to accomplish something in my life, such as a book I want to write, I have to know fully that it might not look like the way I thought it would. There will be lots of bumps in the road and I may feel defeated a lot during the process.

If we are still alive, life is still working itself out.

Take my daughter going off to college for instance. I am not a fan of this stage. For many reasons. But what it's taught me is mind blowing. I have been so refined and have truly learned the meaning of letting go. I have not mastered it yet, but I never thought I'd be able to do it, and the sound of it a year ago sounded impossible. But in that year, I can see the things that were put in my life to lead me to actually doing it. That is what I mean by "working behind the scenes". It's almost like things are being knit together so precisely to one day eventually reveal themselves to us. How beautiful is that!

So if you are still alive, like I am, remember that not everything comes when we want it to. Or when we think we need it to. It's cliche' but I so believe in God's timing--He tends to know what we need before we know ourselves what we need. Learning to be patient to see what will unfold in your life can be a gut wrenching process, but trust that it will work itself out. Just when you need it to. Work toward what you want and set goals, have dreams...just know that it could take years for it to come! And I'm not kidding, I know people who have waited years and years.

Remember when you are going through painful times and you are hurting-- that your heart just needs to learn something new, and that you aren't complete yet. Your heart is being made whole!

We all must know that simply being alive is a gift!

What do you think you need to be more patient about?

How will you cherish being alive?
What new goals do you have?
What are you waiting for in your life?


Hannah said...

Boy am I glad to have read this. I have learned so much about letting go and being patient the past few years. I could never ever have planned or even thought about everything that has happened in my life recently, years ago. I have been in the lowest and highest points in my life and seeing how God threads each and every experience together is remarkable. He is taking every little thing, even the ugliest, and turning into something beautiful. The older I get, the less I feel condemned by God and more so I feel and see his love in my life, even when I utterly fail.

Knitted Fox said...

Gina, I agree 100% in what you said about God's timing and knowing what we need. It feels like when I'm struggling with something in my life I turn to a few people's blogs for inspiration and 90% of the time either you and/or Joy the Baker have written something that touches my heart and makes me feel better. This post is no different.

Going through all the changes that comes with expecting a baby, I sometimes have a hard time reconciling my previous "normal" life and my current "normal" life. What was easy before is slowly becoming difficult, the endurance I had for my work and my home are slowly draining away. It can be frustrating~ but I know that it's all because I'm making something wonderful and that it's OK. Totally ok.

Thank you for writing such encouraging and inspiring words that keep reminding me that it's all ok! *^_____^*


Dear Gina, I have been so busy with baby these past months and quite remiss with my blog visits, but do know you are in my thoughts! In some ways, your post sort of reminds me of my latest. Yes, God's timing is perfect; impatient types like me sometimes have difficulty with that lol! I like to remind myself of something Joyce Meyer said: "God may not always be early, but He's never late".

I just have to look back over the course of my entire life to see His hand of help and protection over me, His faithfulness, and His perfect timing *HUGS*.

"What, what would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!

"Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord".

Andrea said...

Being alive *is* an amazing gift. It is all too easy to get caught up in what we do not have (and I am sooo guilty of that sometimes!) Thanks for this poignant reminder that life is a process, and even in waiting there is a beautiful life :)

Courtney said...

I love this! Faith in God that He is working something beautiful out of each of us! And any bumps in the road are all part of that plan. You seriously write so beautifully Gina! I LOVE how you put things. And did I read that right? That you're working on writing a book?? Yay!!!

Jennie Penny said...

Hi there! This is Jennie (e-mail and IG friend)
This post was so encouraging. This post was just one of the things He has used to tell me to enjoy the now and not freak out about getting, but instead soak in His giving. Matthew 6:30-34 in The Message version words it beautifully, saying "What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving." Thank you for writing this :)