“That’s a wrap!” Words often used to signal the end of a storyline or season of a T.V. show, but today they’re words reverberating around in my chaotic mind. Part of MY story, a season of MY life is wrapping up and I’m going to have to wait for the new season to begin to see how things work out. Just so you know; I don’t like waiting……I don’t like change…….and I don’t like not being in control……even when the new season promises to be good, great even!
Our new house was ordered today. I’m packing the remaining odds and ends and we’re moving out this weekend. In six to eight weeks our house should arrive and we’ll begin to write a new story; live a new season! That means in this in-between time we must say goodbye to our old, blue house. In the world of television the time between seasons is full of reruns and it’s no different really for me. This time of farewell to our home of 18 years is sure to generate lots of memories to relive and retell.
I’m not really sure how to say goodbye to walls that protected our family and gave us space at the same time. To let go of bedrooms where books were read, sleepover giggles quieted, bedtime prayers whispered, and goodnight kisses shared. The upstairs porch with its once grand brick-a-brack railing , a place where little girls could get lost in their imaginations, will be hard to see go. Conversations while we ate together, games played, homework done, and Christmas cookies decorated made our dining room the heart of our home. As I sat this morning in “my chair”, a place made for lingering, a place that allows me to gaze out to our majestic pine tree and the bird feeders that hang there, a tightness formed in my chest as I realized that my view will never be exactly like this again.
That’s life isn’t it? We take the familiar for granted and then it’s gone. We get caught up in the day to day and forget we are creating memories. We blink. Things change. WE change. The season ends.
“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-7 (NLT)
Yes, For now: “It’s a wrap!” It’s time to tear down. However, I’m so grateful it doesn’t end there. It’s also a time to build – build a new house – build new memories – Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 goes on and says:
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.”
We all find ourselves leaving seasons behind and venturing in to new ones. What a wonderful promise that even when we can’t see where they lead; God has the whole beautiful journey planned for us, all the way to eternity! So let’s “wrap” ourselves in that!
Now for this weeks recipe……I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share with you a tasty WRAP recipe!
- 1 Tbls. olive oil
- 1 Lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 C. BBQ sauce
- 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2/3 C. pineapple tidbits
- 1/4 of onion, chopped
- 1-2 hearts of romain, chopped
- 1/4 c. fresh chopped cilantro
- 4-5 large wheat or white tortillas (I used white)
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add chicken pieces to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook, stirring to be sure chicken is cooked through and a golden brown.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Add barbecue sauce and pineapple to the pan and toss with the chicken.
- Warm tortillas.
- On each tortilla, put a spoonful of chicken, sprinkle with cheese, onion, and romain.
- Put cilantro on top. (I found this to be very strong and would not use near the amount again)
- Roll burrito style and serve immediately.