Thursday, July 16, 2009

Back to Basics

I'd love to fly, but walking will get me there.

I'd love to be a gourmet chef, but my cooking nourishes my family.

I'd love to be a great scholar, but my learning never stops.

I'd love to be an immaculate housekeeper, but papers and toys never stay put away.

I'd love to be a great philanthropist, but my family and my neighbors are where I serve right now.

I'd love to be a great photographer, but occasionally I get a picture I'm proud of.

I'd love to be a master gardener, but my flower gardening makes me happy.

I'd love to travel the world, but Florida is great for now.

Yes I want those things, but really they are just icing on the cake. There are things that matter so much more.

I'd love to study deeply into the trinity, but today I just hold onto my belief that God is the I AM.

I'd love to really understand sanctification, grace, forgiveness, but today I just trust that these things are real.

I'd love to understand the power of the Spirit, but today I trust it's power to hold me.

Darkness makes it hard to remember what I saw in the light. Grief makes it a choice to live with joy and hope. This is a valley, but it has an end. My faith is tried, not broken. It's just time to get back to the basics.

And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
'Even so' - it is well with my soul.

Come quickly, Lord.


bp said...

I enjoyed your post and the great pictures. God bless you!

Marley's Mama said...


Love you!

O.M.G. said...

oh my, this almost makes me cry. it says exactly how i think and feel about the desires of my heart and my ability to just love what i am and what i have right now. found your blog through "i am mommy"

Amanda said...

Amazing Bethany... I love how you shared your heart here... I hadn't thought about this perspective. But now I really want to!