Awaken!: Not A Loss, A Lesson. ✎
In an attempt to skip out on running errands with my family, I got dropped off at home early to rest up & get a head start on some of my own home-errands (you know, chip away at that mountain of laundry while getting my boogie on to "La Bamba" 🎶 simultaneously!). With a breath of relief (as you do when you arrive home for the day) I step inside, reach for my wallet…my wallet. Hmm, where is that thing? I calmly, but intently, search my entire backpack & then with an increase in pace start to look around the premises, now retracing my steps. With no discovery & a “dang, this stinks” exclamation, I am now defaulted to the front porch steps outside until my family’s return back home. I plop down-annoyed, tired & concerned-with the thought: at least it’s nice out, Chicago ☼.
Sometimes things go missing. Our primary tendency when this happens is to freak out, drop everything that is currently happening, & search for that one thing! We look relentlessly until we find it & when we are unsuccessful in that first search attempt, frustration & increased emotions follow suit. We put so much pressure on the situation, even if we look back & realize that what we were looking for was something we would really be fine living without for the moment.
I’m a pretty organized person & try to stay on top of my belongings, but I have definitely lost a handful of material objects over these 25 solid years of mine (still wondering where that diamond ring is that I dropped in my middle school auditorium? Lucky janitors). I’ve learned that even though my initial human response is to freak out, it doesn’t do me (or you) any good! With most things in life, the situation is out of our control; the best thing we can do is stop looking, slow down, & just. be. still.
“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)
This verse may seem silly in the context of being patient as you wait for your house keys to show up or for your “Find My iPhone” app to do it’s job, but honestly it is such a powerful, accurate & practical practice! If you weren’t aware, or maybe you’re in need of a reminder, in knowing that our God provides & cares about even our smallest of troubles. When it comes to what we need to do on our own behalf, I believe it has a lot to do with patience & trust (“& pixie dust” -Peter Pan ☁).
Losing something allows us to learn something.
I’m sure most of us have experienced a loss of some sort. Whether a phone (maybe it was left in that Uber pool you took?) or even a house key (like me), it’s not until then that it becomes apparent how important that particular thing was in your life. More than often we take things for granted, but it’s the period of time between losing & finding that is truly a valuable one; it reveals to us the worth of something & allows us to grow if we take handle of it. As the saying goes: “you really don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.”
In some cases, we can lose thing in life that never end up being retrieved. Aside from material objects, there are other things that that may go missing in your life (this ones kind of deep), let’s say relationships for instance. Mental challenge: Think of an ex (relationship). I’d say they’re an ex for a reason, right? Even if it was hard to see at the time, or even after it came to an end, know that things happened for a reason. Sometimes things end, things go missing & being in the midst of theses situations can cause discomfort in our lives. If we can learn to be still & step back we can find comfort in the fact that the discomfort we feel is: temporary & a necessary factor in igniting growth ⟰.
✏︎ You are really not missing anything.
What you have right now is all you need. God has everything taken care of & He never gives us more than we can’t handle. No matter the situation, all is well because you are equipped with the right tools; whether or not they be visible to the eye, they are there.
✏︎ Don’t fret it, don’t sweat it.
We get so emotional & fixated on not having what we want that we take away from the present; don't sweat it! It’s so easy to fall into a futuristic mindset of anticipating what is to come in our life, but let’s enjoy right where we are standing, sitting or even jogging because it’s right where we need to be! Everything in your life is right on “schedule” so take life by the horns & grow in the now. Through the highs ⇞ & the lows ⇟, let’s be aware & harvest all that comes from those times. Sow into your seasons with expectant faith!
✏︎ Take a tally.
Count your blessings! Look at your life right now-give thanks for the job you have, for the roof over your head, the people God has brought into your life, the sunshine, for being able to wakeup & start a new day! There is so much goodness in our lives right now & I’m choosing to focus on the positives (+) of what I do have rather than dwelling on the “what ifs” of what has not yet arrived, or that which has gone amiss.
Life is so rich & full of things to learn & enjoy! Even though times may be frustrating (yes, like when you lose something), we have the power ⌁ to chose how we are going to handle things, even if that means stepping back & letting God ☝ take the reigns.
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for your good will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:7)