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This Week’s Prompt: Same
I stare at the aspens, tall and white and proud yet so humble and beautiful. They are so different from home, where green reigns.
They’re just beginning to turn yellow. The barista yesterday, as he took my order he commented that it was beginning to feel like fall outside. I didn’t know. I told him that back home it is sweltering hot yet. So very different.
And in a new place it is so easy to be overcome by discontent. A longing for different. For change. For new. We get bored with the old. Yet the boring and the old and the mundane and the nostalgia hold their own type of beauty. Of necessity.
Even when we are longing for new—for that next step—we must cherish the old, and the now, because it still has so many things to teach us. And when our hearts long for different, we must keep tight grasp on the same. Because here or there, future and now, my family is the same. They are near and they are now and this is what I must hold on to.
Because no matter where we are on a map or a timeline, our love is the same. Jesus’ love for us is the same. And these unchanging things carry us from time to time and season to season with unchanging grace.
And so during times of change and uncertainty, we cling to same. We celebrate same. We rejoice in the unchanging and the foundations that hold us up during the changing.
When aspen leaves dance gently in the new crisp fall breeze, and they change ever so slowly yet rapidly before our eyes from luminous green to brilliant gold—this is the change we celebrate. Their leaves and their colors. Yet their tall, white core stretches still up to the heavens, competing with the mountains in the background. They remain the same. And as they do, we do. All the while changing.
Raising kids stirs something deep in our souls — an innate knowing that our time is finite. Taking my kids outside in creation, I’m discovering how to stretch our time and pack it to the brim with meaning. God’s creativity provides the riches of resources for teaching the next generation who He is and how He loves us. Join our adventure and discover inspiration and resources for refusing rush, creating habits of rest, living intentionally, and making the most of this beautiful life!
Hi, I’m next to you at Five Minute Friday. I love your post- such beautiful descriptions that really bring the scene to life. I’m grateful for the security we have that Jesus is always the same whatever else is changing around us.
Goodness gracious, thanks for sharing this! I love, “Yet the boring and the old and the mundane and the nostalgia hold their own type of beauty. ” reminds me of the scripture- …every scribe bringing out treasures old and new… (Matthew 13:52),
and- “Because here or there, future and now, my family is the same. They are near and they are now and this is what I must hold on to. Because no matter where we are on a map or a timeline, our love is the same. Jesus’ love for us is the same. ..”
This is so beautiful and powerful and grounding….indeed, like the family is spinning out…’the days are long but the years are short.’..and we have to hold on because it is one of the most precious gardens and playfields of Real Love…finding, growing in and reflecting the Father’s Mega Love to one another and sharing it with the rest of the world. Keep on!
Love from Holland,
Jasmine (nr. 70 on the linkup)
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