Five Minute Friday: View

Go.

The view reminded me that there is just one me in a very big, very complicated, very detailed world. Still, I am not insignificant. I am important. I matter. I have value.

The view from here as I look to the future is a little blurry. The paths I laid so carefully in my teen years and college years is so far gone that it’s laughable. This is not where I thought I would be, not what I thought I would be doing, not how I thought my life would look. The view is a little more complicated now. It seemed so simple when I was young – go from point A to point B to point C, neatly checking things off my list and moving on to the next thing.

Now, the view is more like a tree branching off in a million directions. Point A leads to point B, but also to point C, Q and V. Point B will lead you forward to C, N, O or backward to A. It’s not clear these days, but the view is a lot more beautiful. As much as I am a planner and an organizer, I feel like the disorder of a life that is unfolding in strange and new ways reminds me that I am just one piece of a giant puzzle. I am one piece and I only have one view of how the future looks.

I can’t see the whole picture.
I don’t know all the moving pieces.
I don’t know where I am (am I an edge piece or somwhere in the middle? What do I hold together?)

I only know that the blurrier my view of the future becomes, the more I have to rest quietly and trust completely that the only view that really matters is the one He has; the one where all the joys and sadness make sense and that, at the end of it all, the view will be perfect.

Stop.

18 Comments

  1. Hi, I'm new here–I'm coming over from 5 Minute Friday (you posted before me!). I love what you said about how not-knowing the view ahead leads to trusting in God. This is so very true. When we realize how little control we actually have over our lives and in what lies ahead, we must trust that He will guide us. I was thinking of this, too, as I was writing my 5 minutes. Great to be here today! 🙂

  2. Hi, I'm new here–I'm coming over from 5 Minute Friday (you posted before me!). I love what you said about how not-knowing the view ahead leads to trusting in God. This is so very true. When we realize how little control we actually have over our lives and in what lies ahead, we must trust that He will guide us. I was thinking of this, too, as I was writing my 5 minutes. Great to be here today! 🙂

  3. Yes! In the end it will be perfect! This is just lovely…truly it is. I often wonder…does it really turn out like "we" plan it for ANY OF US? Hugs to you. I came over from Lisa-Jo's place

  4. Yes! In the end it will be perfect! This is just lovely…truly it is. I often wonder…does it really turn out like "we" plan it for ANY OF US? Hugs to you. I came over from Lisa-Jo's place

  5. I don't think it does. I think our job really is just to find the peace in the moment, understand that most of it is out of our control, and be faithful. Now, that's a heck of a lot easier said than done. Because I worry a lot, I fret a lot, I get myself worked up over things that matter but I cannot control. All the time.

  6. I don't think it does. I think our job really is just to find the peace in the moment, understand that most of it is out of our control, and be faithful. Now, that's a heck of a lot easier said than done. Because I worry a lot, I fret a lot, I get myself worked up over things that matter but I cannot control. All the time.

  7. Erin,Hi! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I feel like this is the lesson God keeps trying to teach me again and again and again. I wonder if one of these days I'll actually get it? 🙂

  8. Erin,Hi! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I feel like this is the lesson God keeps trying to teach me again and again and again. I wonder if one of these days I'll actually get it? 🙂

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