I learned a couple of things this weekend.
First, thank goodness for women like Shannan at Flower Patch Farmgirl.
Full disclosure. I'm really longing for some quiet and ordinary in life right now - maybe a bit too much. Have you seen the new addition to the Footprints story?
Yeah, that's me.
Those who follow me on Facebook or twitter have likely seen some changes. Our family has been through a lot this year. Grief. Job loss. Health stuff.
I was about to type, "Our family has had it's fair share of ...."
The second thing I learned this week is how influential a good book can be. (Especially the conversations in can evoke.)
Anyway, Bill speaks of picking up milk (or something) from the grocery store and he was getting into the car to head home. He heard a whisper, "Turn around." He resisted.
"Turn around," it repeated.
As the story goes, he eventually listened to the prompting and saw an elderly woman walking from her car holding groceries - so he offered his help. Little did he know this would require walking back and forth from her car to her apartment a couple of times... in the wet snow - up hill, both ways.
At the end of the adventure, she stops him, grabs his elbow and tells him,
At the end of the story I was saying to my step-son how God doesn't always show us the whole plan - he just asks us to listen and follow. As most teenagers listening to a adult who is trying to be all wise and knowing (facepalm) - he was already ahead of me. "Turn around." Yep. Turn around.
So, I'm in a "turn around" point in my life. I'm trying hard to listen and respond. I know all too well how it can hurt when I don't listen.
I know what happens when God wants something
I've been feeling for a long while like a change in career was coming. But, what I didn't have was the clarity of what it might look like. I was also too afraid and maybe a bit too lazy to make that happen. Hello, layoff. I see you.
Recently some whispers have been falling into place. (Actually, some whispers that probably should have been heeded a while ago are now showing themselves as how they could have been possibilities for NOW, but since I neglected them, they might be possibilities for the future.)
Looking at the photo above,