Do you ever take a long look at your life and think, "How in the world did I get here?" As I was going through some pictures and cleaning out files on my computer, I came across these two photos. Sure, to you, this may just seem like a herd of unruly mutts. But to me, these pictures carry so much weight.
My, how life can change on a dime. The top photo was taken in our home on August 4th. I notice a few striking things when I look at it:
-Gladys (our puppy) had only been in our home for a few days at this time.
-We no longer have those floors.
-Samson (dog) chewed up that black and tan rug long ago.
-Josh and Lauren (the dog handlers) were not yet married.
But more than what I can see with my eyes, I remember how I felt at that time. I was carefree and unattached. I spent my lazy summer days leading the life of leisure. I'm a scheduled woman, even on restful days, so I did have a routine. I got up and made coffee, ironed Brian's clothes for work, made the bed, took the dogs for a walk, covered my husband and marriage in prayer as I walked my 3-mile track, spent time in The Word, blogged, cooked, cleaned, planned great meals, and just generally enjoyed an easy life.
However, when I look at the 2nd photo, a totally different set of feelings rushes over me. First of all, Gladys has grown so much! She is now the biggest of her doggie cousins. Also, this photo was taken at Josh and Lauren's house, who are now married. When I think about that night, I remember feeling tired. The unscheduled, free days of the past are but a fleeting memory. I'm now bound to surgery dates, doctors' appointments, and chemo treatments. They run my life, and they will continue to do so for the next 10 months or so.
What did I learn tonight from seeing these two photos? Praise God for where you are. Make His presence known and find joy in the place where He has you.