If you’re reading this today, you are still on your earthly journey; and so am I. Recently, I have seen so many reminders to enjoy this journey, whatever it may be at the moment, as I head toward that ultimate destination – that place of peace where I can finally rest and enjoy life again. You see, I’m not speaking about my final heavenly destination where I know there will be peace. I’m talking about that earthly destination I have conjured up in my own mind. When I get there, I will be free. When I get there, I will be able to help someone else. When I get there, life will be good again. I guess it’s sort of like taking time to smell the roses – now!
Earlier this summer, I got to spend a little weekend getaway at one of my all-time-favorite spots – just far enough away from my issues to clear my mind. It was a treat. As I relaxed by the pool, I watched as preparations were underway for an outdoor wedding under the gazebo. I looked at the path the bride would take to reach her destination. Oh, yes, she would have a much longer-than-normal walk down the aisle; but it was strewn with bits of shade along the way. Would she take time to notice? Probably not. Naturally, she would have her destination in mind.
I liken myself to that bride. Have I seen the bits of shade along my path – like that treat of a relaxing weekend? Did I appreciate spending Mother’s Day with my sons and mother? I treasure the day we celebrated college graduation with my son. I am thankful for companionship. I have noticed the rain during drought and the sun during floods – and, yes, I saw the rainbow. I have seen, and am grateful for, the shade.
I have faced many obstacles in recent years, but one overwhelming mountain tops them all. It has paralyzed me in a way in which it seems there is no way out. But I don’t believe that. I’ve been on a long mending journey, and there is a way. I see the shade, but it is time to reach that destination.
This is in celebration of mending and the release of Mended by Angie Smith. It is time to be whole; it is time to be mended. It may be purchased here or here. Enjoy and be mended with me.
Cathy Elliott says
You are amazing.
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