“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world;
there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.
He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
“Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget,
that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man,
all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”

Alexandre Dumas

(image from the series Oak Island on the History Channel)

Nuggets, and no, I’m not talking about chicken nuggets.

Rather I am talking about those tiny morsels of wisdom that often
push their way up to the surface along our life’s path…
just like a tiny treasured object emerging from the scattered debris underfoot.

Something shiny catching our eye… something that magically captures a ray of sun,
redirecting that glimmer upward which grabs us by the shoulders and shouts
“hey, look…I’m here!!”

I have to admit that for the past couple of months, I have been consumed by this move
of ours.
The culling, the packing, the schlepping, the hauling, the unpacking, the cleaning, the painting,
the repairing…on and on it’s been going—so much so that my senses have been void of
almost all and any news as well as being rather barren here in blogland.

Sparse on news is not a bad thing.
Sparse on blogland is more frustrating as I so enjoy reading posts.
I learn when I do so.
However unfortunately, skimming has been my recent MO.

So there have been a couple of things that have stuck with me throughout this
recent journey I’m currently traversing.

The first little nugget was the advice “trust the process”

Sounds simple enough…but is it really??

This was said to me when we first began toying with the notion of selling
and buying homes.
I had no idea whether the selling and buying process was truly the right thing
for us to do.

Remember, we were taking this on in full pandemic stride.

There were pros and cons on both sides of the aisle.

The cons often stood tall against the pros.
Then suddenly, that would all flip.

Hopes would both rise and fall…
there was excitement, trepidation, exhilaration, remorse…over and over
this roller coaster would fly.

But yet the voice of a friend kept ringing in my head…“trust the process
Over the course of days, weeks, months…it became a sort of mantra.
A leaning onto and into something else other than myself,
something greater, grander and beyond my mere limitations.
Something without limits or boundaries.

Job had to trust his process.

He may not have had much peace throughout his process…but he knew that the source leading
him to the end of the process was the only thing he could trust—
Omnipotence laced within a process.

And so, in turn, we trusted.

The next little nugget that was offered…
“this may not have been the house you needed, but this house needed you”

meaning– we always tend to think that we are the ones needing and wanting—
it’s the typical egocentric approach to life.
We think that we are at the center of the universe while everything else gravitates
around or to us.

But in actuality, we might just be on the outskirts circling around
something greater than ourselves…something where we are an input and not
the recipient.

So as things continue to literally fall into some semblance of place…
God keeps speaking…the question is…am I listening…

For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

12 comments on “nuggets

  1. jeffw5382 says:

    The idea that we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be, doing, thinking, and experiencing, precisely what He has intended for us today isn’t always easy

  2. bcparkison says:

    Great question…Are we listening? Will we hear the trumpet when it sounds. ?

  3. How mysterious are His ways ~ worth finding out. 🙂 Blessings as you continue in the process.

  4. says:

    Wonderful words of wisdom. It isn’t all about us, but rather what we can give back. I love the idea that your new house needs you. Even though you’re facing many unknowns, this is the house your grandchildren will remember as yours. You’ll be making great memories there together.

  5. hatrack4 says:

    Sorry, I should comment more, but since the dialysis started, I have been doing a bit of skimming at times also – not that I comment every time anyway, but… Today was a CT Scan for my wife and then dialysis. Yay!! CT Scan to confirm that she does not have a kidney stone.

    • Me too Mark— life is getting too much in the way of what I find truly important!!! 😎

      • hatrack4 says:

        And I agree. When my wife and I discuss Facebook friends, she always uses air quotes. Even friends you graduated high school with may have vastly differing attitudes, likes, opinions. A few of hers offend her almost daily with their liberal and/or atheist views, but she does not want to be unkind in “unfriending.” But in this strange Blog land of ours, we display our souls in a way that we might not in a face-to-face encounter. As a result, there are many bloggers that I have never met who are very important to me.

      • I know what you’re saying Mark— it is a Christian/ Spiritual community — one that I receive great sustenance from!

    • I do pray Mark that this journey of your wife’s will be smooth with some real physical healing!!

      • hatrack4 says:

        I think the healing will come when we go South. We keep coming back north because our junk is here and we have doctor appointments, usually surgery for her. But she feels more alive around the grandchildren, and those “rotten” parents won’t put them on a plane so we can enjoy them every now and then. Okay, there’s school and such, but…

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