Beside restful waters God leads me;
God refreshes my soul…
From Psalm 23:2-3
An adage and an old song join forces to remind us that we often don’t realize what we have until we lose it. In addition, we sometimes don’t appreciate the impact of these losses until it’s too late. I admit that I’m a creature of habit and that change doesn’t come easily for me. Still, there have been times when I’ve embraced something new, only to discover that I missed what I’d replaced.
At the same time, I’ve also found joy beyond my expectations in the midst of new experiences. When my husband, our sons and I moved from our first home to a new home in a new neighborhood, we found our new neighbors, new opportunities and new environs to be just what we’d hoped for. Fortunately, my aversion to long flights didn’t keep me from my first overseas trip. I eventually set aside my fear to embrace the treasures to be found in numerous destinations since. New friends, new jobs, new adventures in volunteering and enjoying life fill me up as well.
It occurs to me that holding on to familiar treasures while opening our hearts to new ones is the way to go. What more wonderful way is there to appreciate the tried and true gifts of this life while sampling the new offerings along the way? God placed us here to do our best, to learn from our experiences and to smell a variety of roses along the way.
Generous God, thank you for everything.
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