This morning while at a stop light I thought “hey, its been a while, I should take a selfie!” like a true millennial, selfies I took! lol. When I got to my destination I began inspecting my pictures-most of which looked exactly the same, but I felt differently about each of them. I mean this was going to go on Instagram! lol. I sense that as you’re reading this, you’re totally judging me, but I know that a small part of you can totally relate, so don’t even front! lol- Anyway, as I inspected my “work” I started to think, “man, I sure wish there were literal stop lights in life where I can get to a point and take a selfie, not with a camera but really with my soul. I wish I could take some time to look inside of me and swipe through the things I’m taking in to make sure I’m right where I need to be and surrender what doesn’t belong.”
Again like a true millennial, I also suffer from a condition called FOMO “fear of missing out” but as I get older, my fear progresses from missing out on a cool dance party in my living room with my roommates (though those would be pretty great), or fear of missing out on a cool opportunity, on meeting someone great, buying the right house, etc. The older I get the more I’m realizing that there are actual things in life I AM afraid of missing out on , and even worst I’m afraid of missing out on them by being too caught up on missing out on the wrong things. All I know is that God has given me one life. One moment on this planet with a purpose to fulfill, and when He deems it fit, He will call me home to be with Him for all eternity…
A few weeks ago I had a discussion with a friend which left me thinking for days…we were talking about the saying “the best is yet to come” and even though I had heard that so many times, that night it just didn’t sit well with me. I couldn’t look past the fact that if that statement was true in the way I interpreted it and believed it was being presented, then I may die never having experienced the best that had yet to come. I knew that my loving Dad does NOT operate like that, so naturally I googled it to see what scripture was associated with the phrase and came up with this (verse 9, but I like the others too)-
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.[d]
1 Cor. 2: 6-13
I’m led to believe that “the best is yet to come” has nothing to do with the things of this world like, my job, future spouse, income, friends, or any of that. While those aren’t bad things to want, I’d hate to miss out on God’s best for my life everyday, as He reveals it to me, by fearing that I’m going to miss out on the THOSE things. Eek! That just makes my heart hurt and my stomach turn.
So I guess what I learned this morning is this, there ARE stop lights in my life-just like the engineers who placed those stop lights along my way to work, I have to be intentional to place them in my life. Life will ALWAYS get in the way and I’m realizing that i will simply always be busy, but with wisdom that only comes from God, I can and should place those stop lights along the way so that there won’t be a need for a filter for my soul. I can swipe through what I see and welcome the grace that covers all of my imperfections.
As always, if you read through this, know that I’ve prayed for you and hope that you say one for me too.
I’m also all about wine this season, so get ready to see lots of this color from me this Fall!
Did I mention I also have new hair??? ha!
Pants- thrifted (Eddie Baugher)
Hair-Outre Dominican Blow out, Color 1.