The past week and a half has been a crazy whirlwind. In the roaring moments of chaos that have surrounded me I have found comfort in the beauty of the things not seen but unseen. If we focus on whats right in front of us its easy to be overwhelmed, anxious, scared and that is a perfect battle ground for Satan to get a foothold in our lives. If he can distract us by everything going on then we aren't seeing the hope of where we are going.
Over the past few weeks I have been given a couple boquets of flowers by friends that have touched my heart beyond words. They are gorgeous but as they begin to wilt we focus less on their beauty. After the one arrangement of roses died I pulled all the petals back to expose a little yellow middle that I had never seen before. I had never seen the fulness of a rose bloom and it was beautiful. The second arrangement was tulips and I got them when I first went itno the hospital and they were initially closed and not bloomed yet but over the course of a few days it was the most beautiful sight watching the petals open and reach toward the sunshine, exposing the most beautiful colors and identity. These simple moments for me have a reminder of the journey we each are on. There are seasons in life and its easy to get caught up in the moment but when you truly sit back and tack it all in the hope of what is ahead can place within you a peace, passion, and drive.
Its been hard being away from home for 11 days now and feeling so miserable but the Lord is showing me that I can't focus on the negative distractions of this moment. I can't get overwhelmed because I'm not home to be at Macies Cheer Games, or Scotts Basketball Games, I can't worry about the house needing cleaned and organized, I can't worry about all the crazyness Satan will try to entangle me with because my focus is ahead on the cross and the victory thats already been won. Because of that victory my life is a story and can be used for a purpose to further the kingdom of Christ. All you can do is trust for his sufficiency for each moment and focus on the purpose ahead and not the chaos of the moment.
Whatever you are going through right now, whatever chaos is creeping in, whatever uncertaintities you may have ahead remind yourself that this is just a season, nothing is forever. Like the beautiful flower arrangements there is a place of beauty to be discovered with each phase and you have to find that,, hold on to it and ask God what He wants you use it for.