Sunday, May 13, 2012

For the valleys...

In life we have hopes and dreams...

We want to go to school, get degrees, get jobs, move places.
We want to buy washing machines,  buy cars, buy houses.
We want to get engaged, get married, have families.

I have realized that more is wrapped up in these hopes and dreams... our own plans are wrapped up in these hopes and dreams.  That may seem obvious, but I just realized the depth of this.

There have been a number of times throughout life that things have "gone to plan" and a number of things that have not.  When we grieve a personal tragedy, we are also grieving all the lost plans that are connected.

When we don't get into the dream school, we lose the dream job, the income, the self-fulfillment.
When we break up with the dream guy, we lose the fairy-tale wedding, the dream marriage, the family.
When we lose someone we are close to, we lose the future we thought we had with that person.

Our hopes and dreams are wrapped up in our plans... when our hopes and dreams should only be wrapped up in Christ.  I have to remember this when when I have my own personal tragedy, my ultimate purpose is to know Christ and make Him known.
In the midst of life's valleys, I love listening to Jars of Clay Valley Song
and my heart clings to Colossians 3:2-4-
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

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