I want to thank Melissande from Our Growing Roots for starting this link-up of Transparent Tuesday. The internet is not lacking in blog posts that show the best in our own little world, whether it’s a recipe, a craft project, or family time at the park. But, we all know these are just select snapshots, and often we’ll discard the pictures that don’t quite portray our world in the best light.
But, isn’t your heart also drawn to things that show life as it really is? I wanted to join this link-up to show you that life isn’t always picture perfect (or blog perfect). In fact, life appears real messy sometimes, like an artist’s palette, but just wait. In due time, God will unveil His masterpiece.
There’s a pile of papers waiting for me to look through. They’re not bills that need to be paid. They’re not my kids’ schoolwork that need to be put away. They’re not letters that need to be opened.
They are papers given to us by a doctor, a specialist in speech pathology and audiology. Why would I have papers like these on my desk? Because one of my children was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder. So now, we have some decisions to make about therapy, education, and how all of that will affect our whole family. Honestly, it all gets overwhelming sometimes. Hence, the papers remain untouched on that desk.
When a woman first realizes there is this life growing and thriving inside her, there are no limits to her dreams. She dreams of rocking that baby to sleep. She dreams of holding his hand and never letting go. She dreams of showing him the beauty of this world and its Creator. Those were my dreams.
They still are, but the path to each looks far different from what I had imagined. I did not picture doctors, therapies, treatments, psychological assessments, and special needs consultants. But they are there, and I must accept that and believe that even though it’s hard to see sometimes, God will make something beautiful out of this.
I imagine that you probably have something like this in your life. Something that has not turned out exactly the way you planned. Something that you feel is out of your control. May I encourage you to receive it, embrace it, and make the most of it.
There are really only two choices: despair or hope. I have been in despair. It is a dark, dark place and a paralyzing state. But, hope in God is what enables me to keep moving forward and pressing on despite the obstacles before me.
What do you choose?
It would be great if you can join the link-up at Melissande’s site. You can share a story, a picture, anything. The link-up went live on Tuesday but is open all week. Click here for more details and to read about what other bloggers have shared.