Life can be full of surprises. Some are good and some not so much. Life cycles through the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. It’s a natural progression just like the phases of the moon or the changing seasons.
My downward swing started getting worse as I realized this year was creeping closer to a close. I was feeling hopeless and unaccomplished that none of the things I needed (and wanted) to do in 2020 have transpired, thanks to Covid-19. I told you in a previous blog that I had high hopes that 2020 was going to be my year of positive changes. So far no, but…this year isn’t over yet.
Well things do have a way of reversing order. It’s all a part of the cycling process. And although I may be on a slight upward swing, there are still questions, and perhaps a little scariness involved, and of course, doubt. But it’s all good. (Well, except for the doubting part.) Maybe your prayers are being answered. Maybe a void is being filled. Or a decision is being made. Perhaps a second chance is given. And if your prayer isn’t answered exactly the way you wanted it to be, it doesn’t mean it isn’t being answered. God answers in His way and in His timing. It’s all good.
I have learned a lot this year. 2020 was a lousy teacher but still it taught us lessons. On the positive, we spent more time at home with our families. People began to be more creative with their time. We realized what’s most important in our life. On the negative…well, I’ll just leave that alone. We are all aware of the negative lessons of this year. My scale is one indicator.
I am seeing some light and it’s a welcomed sight. I have hope. I know God has a plan for trusting and obedient hearts. Even if my long “to do” list isn’t all checked off by New Year’s Eve, I’ll be happy for one or two check marks anyway. And it’ll be good.
Being positive can often be difficult when we feel so beaten down. It’s something that takes work and much effort. Even on the most trying of days, when we’d rather wave that white flag and lie there in a heap on the floor, we need to practice being positive. Practicing patience isn’t a bad idea either. 2020 has taught us much about patience. Me, anyway.
Yesterday, while I was working in my yard, I paused to watch this butterfly. Nature has a way of slowing us down and that’s a really good thing. I snapped pictures of this beauty and took a closer look at the intricate detail on its wings. That didn’t just happen by accident. The greatest of all artists painted these wings in His glory. We can look at these as beautiful little reminders that God is ever-present. No matter what part of the cycle we are on, the upswing or the down, God is all around us. Trust in Him.
Be grateful for the beauty of a tiny, thin, stain-glassed wing sitting on a flower which causes you to pause for a moment or two.♥️