Life starts with a breath – is lived with, and through, a series of breaths – and ends, with a single breath.
Sometimes life just starts happening and before you know it, it’s the next week, or a month later, or a new year… This last weekend was full of many blessings; events that had been planned days in advance. But, it wasn’t until Monday evening that I noticed something beautiful about them.
Saturday Mama, Mattie and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a family friend’s baby shower. It was so nice to see her and her family; they are always so kind and the conversation and laughter flow effortlessly.
It is always a blessing to me to be able to celebrate such a beautiful part of life. To play games and have edifying conversation. To pray over the baby that God is knitting together inside of someone. To think about all of the little things that had to come together to bring this little human into existence… and all the while God had every detail planned. He guided every event that led to the meeting of the parents, to their courting, to their marriage and now He has entrusted them with this little life, this blessing, His special gift to them…
I cannot wait until he is here and I get to see what his little face looks like. At the shower we all wrote down what we thought the details would be and so not only am I excited to see if he is anything like what I thought… but, I am excited to see who God has made for them.
We left that party with smiles on our faces. I know for me, I also left with a heart full of encouragement. Knowing that God has a plan for my life too, that without Him I am just as small and helpless as that sweet baby. But, with His help I will continue to learn and grow.
Two days later, on Monday we held a memorial service at our home for a family friend who is now home with Jesus. I only remember meeting him a few times… but, I am glad that I had the opportunity to shake his hand and share a smile. It was a beautiful gathering with food from his favorite restaurant and live music, the band was made up of some his friends and his family. They played his favorites and those who knew him (and that he loved to dance) danced along remembering him. It was nice to watch.
As people got up to share their stories of him more layers started forming around this man. An amazing story of redemption and God’s saving grace; giving hope and cheerful spirits to others, causing smiles and laughter, even after his spirit had left this earth. Seeing a lifetime unfold over the course of three short hours… really made me think.
He was never President or the CEO of a “Fortune 500,” he probably never climbed Mt. Everest or owned a yacht… but God had a purpose for his life. You could see it in his daughter and her family who stayed with us during that time. You could see it in every person who walked through our door that day.
We are not all meant to be known “world-wide” …but, we can help change someone’s world right where we are. We all have a unique, beautiful, purpose; a work that God is doing, and can only do, through our individual lives… how amazing is that?
It is so comforting to know that being where God wants me to be is enough. That as long as I am seeking His will for my life, that is enough. This weekend of celebrating life from the first breath, to the last… made me appreciate every one in between. What an amazing thing: to realize that one day we will join our Heavenly Father on high to live with Him forever.
Do you know what that means?
That means that God designed us, knit us together (me, you, all of His children), with the intention of spending eternity with us… He loves us so much that He wants to spend the rest of time with us. (I’m almost positive that even your most beloved relative would make you want to take a moment of “alone time” after awhile… and vise versa.)
We are all made so intricately different, individually we are able to serve Him in a way that no other person across the earth or throughout history can… He picked you for this time and place for a reason; a specific purpose that we each are created to carry out for His glory. It is our responsibility to spend the short amount of time we have on this earth to find out what that is.
I am going to use the next few breaths I have been blessed with to leave you with a few questions and things to ponder:
Have you ever thought about how much God truly loves you? About everything that went into your existence?
Do you know your calling? Do you think you do? Are you still looking?
Name one instance where God showed you the importance of your life for His glory.
Until next time; I pray your day, every day, is blessed.