Dancing In Minefields

In a conversation with my roommates the other day, I compared walking through this life with walking through a minefield... 

There would be some seasons of life where we would be walking in between the buried land mines, but we were bound to step on a few along the way.

That was my life advice for our conversation that we were having about all the many changes that life brings and all the hard things we seem to have to go through to learn and grow.

To which my roommate so lovingly and semi-sarcastically responded, "Wow, Anna. That was really helpful."

lol.

If you know me well, you know that I can tend to take a slightly critical view on things.  I'd like to say I am a realist, but I also know I can lean towards the overly critical.

So the sarcastic admonishment from my friend was well deserved.

And while it has been said before - and with great truth - that we are either preparing for a storm, walking through one, or coming out of one, we as Christians can not use these phrases as an excuse to have a negative view on this life we've been given.

When It Rains

Growing up in the Arizona desert, rain can come to feel like just as exciting of a phenomenon as snow on Christmas Day.  

Things aren't much different here in Texas.

When it rain we immediately have to drive 10mph on roads where the normal speed limit is 65mph.  We take videos, don't leave our houses, and will use it as an excuse to not go to the grocery store, run errands, or skip church.

You think I'm kidding...

Nevertheless rain is not something we can go without.  Not even in Texas or Arizona.

We need the water.

How To Rest More

This idea of rest could almost seem outdated in today's society.  

We talk about vacation and retirement and being your own boss but most all of those things still require us to have a busy schedule, to hustle more, and to have a hobby that keeps us occupied. 

Resting, we think, would just mean that we were lazy.

We live in a world that says we always have to be doing something so we can tell and share with others all the things we're doing!

Even our relaxing has to be worthy of an Instagram post! 

But as the saying goes, we were created to be human beings, not human doings.

So how do we stop all the doing?

A Little Closer To Eden

To me, Eden sounds like a dream come true.  

And I am pretty pumped that the Lord says He is gonna come back and make this world perfect again like it originally was in the garden.

I mean, I'm excited for Jesus to come back and all, but I might also be equally as excited to be able to pet whatever animal I want, climb whatever mountain I want (without getting out of breath), and do whatever other extreme sports I want that I'm currently terrified of. 

Are We Really Making Progress?

Before I went to Haiti back in May, a comment was made to me. In so many words, this person said, "I'm sure it's good you're going and all - it's good to help others - but are y'all even really making progress down there?" This person - like many others - had a bit of a hopeless mentality about Haiti. They knew about the storms and earthquakes that have ravaged the nation.  They knew the poverty that existed in the nation.