Lessons of (new, real) life

 

sky (35 of 1)Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3: 2-3 AMP

Mar202

One summer vacationing in Vancouver, BC, with my daughter and two grandchildren, I found myself slowly stepping across the 450 ft (137m) long, 230 ft (70m) high Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Looking down, one hand gripped the twisted metal rail, the other held my camera tightly against my chest. People passed me, some whose quick steps swayed the bridge causing me to step even more slowly while muttering to myself that never again would I do this! Heights swell fear within me. Somehow my imagination sees me misstepping and falling, even though realistically I am safe and secure.

Once across I am in a 27 acre park of coastal rainforest where Western Red Cedar, Douglas Firs, and Western Hemlock trees grow among the delicate ground forest plants. My young grandson runs behind a tree and the trunks circumference hides him from our sight. But we know he is there.  We call out to him, and he comes back into our vision. He holds my hand securely as we step along the paths carved through this forest.

nov182

When our minds play out scenes from our fears, we loose sight of the presence where we are now safe and secure. When life events cause our steps to be uneven and we try to fix our struggles in our own strength, we grow weary and worrisome.  I’ve been in a season of uncertainty experiencing the fears and worrisome mind. What I saw of as my security seemed to be dwindling away and a broken wrist deprived me of my regular exercise and photography pursuits.  I could say I sailed through looking up to heavenly things as Colossians 3:3 teaches, however keeping it real, I hid myself in a lot of Netflix and slept much more than usual!

We can’t hide.

Even when trying to hide behind screens and under covers, God though, knew where I was, always. And like my grandson unseen behind that tree trunk but known by us, his mom and grandma, nothing is large enough to  hide behind to not be known by God.

So the beginning of this 2020 has been like walking a swaying suspended bridge. Letting go of my grip and keeping my head up with hope and trust, and learning–learning the lessons (some of them the hard ones!) along the way.

My verse for this year is Roman’s 12:12-13 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Have you a verse for the year? Or a verse that gives you hope during troubled times?

19 thoughts on “Lessons of (new, real) life

  1. Lovely post, Lynn. I’m sorry to hear you’re experiencing a difficult season, Lynn. My verse for this year is: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I am so sorry for the pain you are walking thru, Lynn. But I an so thankful for God’s confirmation of His Word to me (God’s presence cannot be hindered,) thru your words here: “When our minds play out scenes from our fears, we loose sight of the presence where we are now safe and secure.” Amen! I love when He does that. He is so near to us. You are in my prayers tonight, dear friend!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lynn, what a great visual! It’s easy to let fear sway the foundation of God’s word that we know in our hearts is true. I’m so sorry you’ve faced so many struggles. I’ll be praying God keeps your feet steady on this swaying bridge as He refines you and draws you closer to Himself.

    My verse for the year is Psalm 16:8— “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beautiful pictures Lynn, as always. I have never been afraid of height but closed in places give me the creeps. I don’t have a verse this year but just one word, “calm”. I am asking God for a calm heart, emotions, feelings. There is a huge change coming in our life, ministry and I need calmness in my heart. Thanks for a calm post.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh, Lynn, have I been there! I’m so sorry you broke your wrist and I absolutely understand how hard it can be to manage through it and accept your limitations and live out both of those practical and inspiring verses. I love this message- that no matter where we try to hide, He knows exactly where we are. We are known to our Creator. And oh, He knows us so well. What a comforting truth to remember. We are never alone.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Beautiful post, Lynn. I feel the same as you about heights. I can merely look at a picture or see something in a movie that is high up and I feel as though I am plummeting down a precipice. I pray your feet will be secure in Jesus and in His word so you keep moving forward at His pace in His footsteps. God bless.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. My word for this year is, “calm”. I am not naturally a calm person, but I am not into drama, I love zeal and passion but live with a wonderful man who is calm 99 percent of the time. WE have finally grown past the him kicking me under the table to calm me down. When I tell a story my voices rises as my story rises. To him I sound mad but generally I am not I am just passionate. My friends tell me I am a different person when he is not with me. See, I do need calm passion, maybe I need two words…calm passion.

    I don’t know your struggles Lynn but I can pray knowing the Lord does and besides I have no power to fix anything so I will take you to Him for the fix. This was a good post, brought something out of me I don’t usually share about the relationship with my sweet calm husband who I love but do not like at times. Thankful the love of Jesus over takes not liking. Blessings.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Beautiful photos! I am not sure I would make it on a suspension bridge as you did. Your verse for the year sounds perfect and one that will lead you well. God always knows and He is with us even when the next step is tenuous. Praying you step out into 2020 with new hope and brave faith.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.