I occasionally post here. And so on this occasion – this rather auspicious occasion, I am posting.
Ten years ago I wrote the first post of this blog – On Random.
What a ridiculously full and wildly normal and at the same time crazy ten years. Thank you for those who have read and commented and I pray that some of my sharings/learnings/failures may have helped in some small way along the way.
This blog was only ever meant to be a head dump. And it still is. I sometimes have used it like a journal/a letter/a writing exercise sometimes it has been inundated with memes and lists and cooking experiments and photos but mostly it has been for me aÂ quiet companion along the way (sometimes a narcissistic indulgence)Â – aÂ way for me to record milestones and dig out memories both from my brain in the moment and later in looking back. It is a reference point for me, a consolation at times and and encouragement to see where thingsÂ once were and where they are now.
This place has been a little empty the last few years as life has exploded intoÂ happening. I am not using this occasion to call this placeÂ quits. It can linger. I can drift in and out as I please and I don’t even mind much if anyone reads it.
To catch you up (for those who do still read): this week we bought a house (yes there’s madness for you – as this all happened within the last month) and I was thinking back to before I got together with Geoff (and got married not too long after) and something God was speaking to me about – having never been one for even envisaging getting married young (and then having kids youngish) etc. – why did some of this stuff (in the scheme of life) happen so fast? And in His graciousness he let me know is that he didn’t want me being ‘preoccupied’ with certain things more than I had to, that he has other things for me to do. Life will continue to get on with itself so I can get on to what he has for me. This is a big call and I baulk at thinking what on earth are the implications of this are for my daily living.Â So much of life has just come along at a terrifyingly merry (not always merry) old pace, ticking boxes. It is a bit ridiculous and I feel a bit like God has indulged me at times (perhaps he likes us or something) butÂ It certainly hasn’t seemed terribly fast when we’re in the midst of getting up at 3am to feed babies , or always good and has seemed much more round about with all our – ‘moving yet agains’. I firmlyÂ believe that God does use us at ourÂ present time and wherever we are but mostlyÂ I guess I am very ready for that head space to open up once more and turn my life a bit more outward again to see what is next (or maybe actually what is right there in front of me already).
When I was younger (younger than this blog is old) I loved the Psalm about the ‘flowers of the field’:
14Â for he knows how we are formed,
Â Â Â Â he remembers that we are dust.
15Â The life of mortals is like grass,
Â Â Â Â they flourish like a flower of the field;
16Â the wind blows over it and it is gone,
Â Â Â Â and its place remembers it no more.
17Â But from everlasting to everlasting
Â Â Â Â the Lordâ€™s love is with those who fear him,
Â Â Â Â and his righteousness with their childrenâ€™s childrenâ€”
18Â with those who keep his covenant
Â Â Â Â and remember to obey his precepts.
and there is somewhatÂ parallel image in Matthew 6…
25-26Â â€œIf you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you donâ€™t fuss about whatâ€™s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29Â â€œHas anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashionâ€”do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33Â â€œIf God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowersâ€”most of which are never even seenâ€”donâ€™t you think heâ€™ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What Iâ€™m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied withÂ getting, so you can respond to Godâ€™s giving. People who donâ€™t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Donâ€™t worry about missing out. Youâ€™ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34Â â€œGive your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and donâ€™t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Perhaps the next ten years will look a little different. Or maybe completely the same. Whatever the case, God is doing things right now, I just hope I am a little more aware of what’s going onÂ and the fuzziness of the last few years of sleep deprivation and logistics of moving multiple times and trying to work out our place in the world can subside into something that breathes of it’s own accord and gives us life.
Our place here after all is always temporary.