Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wishes


Just as the last light was fading I got outside in time to take this picture. The dandelion became the perfect subject of the shot and of my thoughts of late. 

Wishes. 


Wishes are so sweet and romanticized aren't they?

"A dream is a wish your heart makes..." 

"When you wish upon a star..." 

Maybe it's just Disney...

Really though, wishes are thought of as such light, floating things - like the dandelion fluff that dances away in a breath. 

Wishes, by nature are not all that in themselves. It matters very much what that wish is. 
What are you longing for? Dreaming of? And why?

I'm thrilled for Bethany and Shawn. Such happy news. Such wonderful people who each had their own story in reaching this point. They trusted God and He has blessed them with each other! God knew the perfect timing, He knew just what was best. 

Even as I type that, I have to shake my head...As happy as I am for them...I've been struggling with discontentment and jealousy. 

And here's where a wish - that sweet little fluff - can become more of a problem. 
For, just like the plant itself, it finds a resting place, sinks below the surface, and takes root. 

Marriage is a beautiful thing. A holy institution God invented at the beginning of time. Foreshadowing the relationship of Christ and the Church. The foundation of a family that can grow and serve their God together. 

But anything, even a good thing, can become an idol. 

That ain't so pretty is it?

My favorite way to identify an idol is this:
It's anything you sin to get, and sin if you don't get. 

Now we have a very unwanted weed. 

I hope to get married one day. 
That's my wish. 

It's a lovely wish. A common wish. A good thing. 

I'm learning that a wish is a thing to hold lightly, and when I'm asked to... to let go of. 
God knows what's best. For me, for you, for every person He's created. 

He gives us all we need.

He is all I need.

All the wishes in the world should never ever take the place of my Heavenly Father.
I know He has my life under control.

Now, I need to work on living by that knowledge daily, and not letting feelings take control.






4 comments:

  1. (That is a gorgeous photo.) Thank you for this post. This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately, too, as I see more and more people I know getting into relationships. I, too, need the reminder to wait for God's timing—in everything! It's so hard to trust. I want to take my life into my own hands, but I know that if I trust God, things will go better. It's hard, but I think it gets easier the more habitual it becomes. At least, I hope so!

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    1. Thank you Abbey!
      It's just kind of that time of our lives isn't it? :) It's a struggle for sure. One thing I just heard recently that was encouraging was this - "Think right, act right, and the right feelings will follow." God will give us peace, and help us be content - but we need to be obedient no matter how we feel! :) Practice makes progress!

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  2. Thanks for this, Becca! A good reminder to "trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding" (Prov. 3:5). Love you!

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by! And yes that verse is such a beautiful one, so well known, yet so convicting!
      Love you too!

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