It’s funny how different, members of the same family can be. Growing up, my mom, youngest sister and I loved to read. My middle sister on the other hand wanted nothing to do with it and often tried to “rescue” us while we were lost in a book. (Annoy us may be a better way to say it!) And in my own family, my better half, son, and I of course, love to read. My daughter would rather do almost anything else than pick up a book. The differences don’t stop there though….when my son and husband find a book they love, they’ll read it over and over until the cover is worn out. I on the other hand, only want to read a story once……
Uhhhhh……unless of course, it’s the story of my life! Then, I want to immerse myself in those chapters which were set in my comfort zone and had happy endings. I long to linger with those characters who’ve meant so much to me. I’ve survived all the adventures, challenges, disappointments, and triumphs that have been woven together to create my story. Rereading it is safe. I like safe!
Then….the page turns. A new chapter awaits. What’s a “play it safe, memory hoarding, stay on the sidewalk, status quo” kinda gal supposed to do?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
We know there are volumes of things that can go wrong….cliff hangers, plot twists, surprise endings….and they can make us want to slam the cover shut and demand a rewrite! But, I’m learning (slowly) it’s exactly those things that help develop OUR character and make our story richer.
A chapter in my book of life came to an end yesterday. Perhaps one is ending for you as well. It leaves us with a choice. Are we going to reread the pages we know so well or are we going to trust with all our heart, turn the page, and start discovering the paths that await us in our new chapter of life?