Thursday, December 10, 2015

Being Constant




I have had these dishes since the day I was married
They have seen and heard it all
If there was a way to transfer all the meals,
conversations
and memories from these dishes
I would do it.

laughing, crying, celebration, grieving

And now...
these dishes are in the midst of another change
and yet the owner is the same as the beginning

In the past month
Like moving positions on a game board.
We have been unpacking,
repacking,
sorting,
purging,
remembering,
laughing,
reflecting...
adjusting to the idea that as a family we are changing again.

The Pa. nest is essentially how it needs to be
so that Wes and I have a lovely place to live when we are there.

Now to move on to all the transition in Arizona.
This is a big job.
A big major move for the family.
Everyone is on the move.
Literally

We have held on to our home in Az.
these last 3 years we have been in Pa.
where we raised two children to adulthood
where extended family came to stay
where holidays and birthdays were celebrated
where laughter echos from every room
homework, meals, slug days, movie nights
sibling rivalries, arguments about curfews
discussions about life struggles
talking, talking, so much talking
a home that love built

And now it is finally time to let go of what was
and face what is



This past weekend
these dishes served a meal to movers.
Friends that were helping my daughter
move her things to her new place in the world.
All her worldly possessions
in the hands of others
as I washed these dishes
alone in the house



With both my little chicks out of this nest
it feels a bit weird
for a season it was overflowing with stuff and people.
I was constantly in the kitchen
whipping up something for someone to eat.
Dishes at the ready....

My take away from all of this so far...
some things never change
but most things do

Change is unavoidable
Which makes it even more clear to me the importance of clinging
to the things that never change
the constants in my life

First and foremost
I have a Heavenly Father who loves me
A Savior who came to earth to live and die for me
A Holy Spirit who is my constant companion....

This is not true of everyone that I love and hold most dear
I pray that they all would come to know the joy and comfort
this brings

and just like my dishes
I am waiting and ready to be used
to be present in the moment
to be consistent
to be an instrument in My Fathers Hands
to be up for the job
through all this change
I hope and pray to be constant and steady

John 14:1-21 (NCV)

Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house;
I would not tell you this if it were not true.
I am going there to prepare a place for you.
After I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back and take you to be with me 
so that you may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going.
So how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
The only way to the Father is through me.
If you really knew me, you would know my Father, too.
But now you do know him, and you have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need.”
Jesus answered, “I have been with you a long time now.
Do you still not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
So why do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you don’t come from me,
but the Father lives in me and does his own work.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.
Or believe because of the miracles I have done.
I tell you the truth, 
whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do.
Those who believe will do even greater things than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And if you ask for anything in my name,
I will do it for you so that the Father’s glory will be shown 
through the Son.
If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will obey my commands.
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper
to be with you forever—
the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him, 
because it does not see him or know him.
But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.
“I will not leave you all alone like orphans; I will come back to you.
In a little while the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.
Because I live, you will live, too.
On that day you will know that I am in my Father,
and that you are in me and I am in you.
Those who know my commands and obey them 
are the ones who love me,
 and my Father will love those who love me.
I will love them and will show myself to them.”

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