There's something about the sea that inspires me. I love the way the waves crash against a thirsty shoreline, the way the sun shines a little brighter and warmer on golden sand, the way sea birds fly above sailboats - freely, without any particular place to go. Every time I go to the beach, I take away not only a few seashells, a suntan, and sand in everything I own - but most importantly, a new perspective.
I've been thinking about life and the unexpected that throws itself in our path, changing our Plan A to Plan B or C...or D. And how, perhaps more than the actual plans we make that are changed through life's course, our lives are shaped more by our attitudes and how we handle the change of plan than by the actual change itself. How being purposeful about changing our perspective on life can change everything.
This weekend, my Easter was spent a little differently than usual, which was uncomfortable at first, but when I chose to embrace it and love it - it actually became very beautiful. And the moments spent close to sparkling water were a highlight of the day, celebrating Christ dying for sin all because He loves us.
I've been thinking this week about life's unexpectedness. How it throws us for a loop and how we must adapt. And I've challenged myself to the thought - when life goes left and I planned for right .... how do I respond? Honestly, I've noticed my response is less than happy.... on the outside I may force a smile, but inwardly...when my plan doesn't work out, my first response is not to instantly embrace the unexpected and trust God wholeheartedly. No... in all honesty, my first response is usually to want to throw a fit - complete with complaining, grumbling, a bad attitude, and a downcast demeanor (something more akin to Eeyore than I'd really like to admit!) But this isn't how I desire to live...this isn't how a daughter of the King Jesus responds... And so, as time has passed through my life and I've grown and learned that we don't always get Plan A, I've actually found that choosing joy - choosing trust, choosing to embrace life in all it's messiness and unexpectedness - instead of throwing it out the window when I don't get what I want - is actually a beautiful thing.
I am finding that the unexpected in our lives is an opportunity to grow. An opportunity to trust God. And to find beauty. To take all life offers us, all God allows into our lives, even the things we did not ask for, want, or expect - and making something grand of it.
I read this beautiful quote in a book last week -
I want to embrace my one wild and precious life. Do you?
the wild and precious things, like...
Tell me, my sweet friend ... what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Upon request from some of my Instagram sisters today, I'm posting my favorite iced coffee recipe - just in time for warm weather! Coffee can be considered one of the beautiful wild and precious things in life, right? I say oh yeah.
-1 cup of ice