The Journey

The Journey.

Not the end result……but the ‘moment to moment’ journey. Not the Pintrist moment of perfection, not the Christmas Card smiles, not the Pottery Barn house or the gardens featured in Martha Stewart Magaine.

Life is simply a journey.

I’ve learned a lot through losing it all…..and the peace of walking through this journey of life has given me a new perspective. I’m not desparate to get my house set up, because I don’t have a house. I’m not focused on buying that new comforter that I’ve always thought I needed, because I don’t have a bed. I don’t have to worry about the dirt on my kitchen floor, because it is encased in mud.

A new perspective.

‘The journey’ are the two words that keep speaking to me. Over and over. God’s beautiful words just to keep my eyes focused on Him……One day, and sometimes, one moment at a time. I don’t know where I will be in 6 months. I don’t know where I will live, or how we will get there. I don’t know how we will replace all of our destroyed  ‘stuff’, but I do know this……….

I know that walking this new journey alongside friends and family is worth far more than anything lost.

So many times I have missed moments. Our hurried society finds issue with just ‘being’. We simply don’t have time. Even as I write this, my husband wants to sit and talk….I want to finish my thoughts!!!!! But instead, I will soak up a few quiet moments with him. Because this life is not about me, and my plans and wants. A journey is not a plan.

Before the flood, I fell into the “I am too busy” trap that entangled us all. I have not noticed because I did not see. I have not looked. I was too focused on the end result and not the journey……Foolessly, I thought I wanted Pintrist over people. I was never satisfied. Even with my own gardens.

“I have to hurry and pick up the kids.”

“I have plans tonight.”

“I need to clean the house” (ok…..seriously, that’s not something I ever said)

“I have a meeting.”

“I have to pull the weeds.”

Always a million reasons of ‘have to’s’….but yet, after the flood, I saw the moments.

The kindness.

The joy.

The love.

The sacrifice.

The time.

His timing is beautiful. His blessings (non-material) are unending.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. New every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness, Oh Lord. Great is Thy faithfulness.”

Are you on a journey? Have you lost it all? Struggled with loss? Depressed, anxious unsatisfied or overwhelmed? We’ve all been there……it just took losing it all to bring me real peace in my journey. To focus on the moment even more than I did before. The gifts of this life not found in what we think life is about.

Reach out and find someone to hug, and walk the journey together. Remember…..this too shall pass. Until then, breathe in the sunshine, plant a flower, mentor a child or help a friend in need.

Life is a journey.

Happy Gardening, my friends. Keep those hands in the dirt and just keep digging.