How comfortable we find our feet as they trod the familiar paths of our days.
Yes, the ground beneath may take various forms-rocky, slippery, solid…but we become accustomed to adapting to the terrain. We mark invisible footprints in the familiar places: Quick light steps across the neighboring yard in anticipation of playful moments with friends. Slow, lazy steps marking a moment of neighborly checking in. Quick steps down the driveway in the chill of winter; resembling a runner in a sprint with the mailbox as the finish line. Wet slippery feet crushing blades of grass following a dip in the pool.
Our routine moments define the rhythm of our steps. We become creatures of habit. We grow accustomed to the surrounding landscape. But, with little warning, we are transported to a new one. We are confronted with the reality that we are always visiting.
As I write this post, I am mindful that in two days, our family will bid farewell to our beloved neighbors. People with whom we have shared life for twenty years. Together, we have shared much: new life, birthdays, milestones, overnights, providing refuge for each other’s families. We once made an unwritten promise that neither of us would move.
But, because we are all followers of Christ, we are aware that God’s purposes for His children supersede our own expectations. I am reminded that, in Christ, life is about visiting; wherever we are placed. Maybe, our visits come in the form of brief interactions during mundane moments of our days. Perhaps, our visits allow for more investment such as sharing life in a workplace. And other times, we are blessed by longer and more in-depth visits as we live into deeper relationship. Regardless, our steps on this earth are, in reality, light. Our footprints are not set in stone.
So, in our sadness, we embrace God’s goodness.“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9.
May we recognize the Holy in the midst of times of transition; knowing God’s hand is moving powerfully no matter how brief the visit.
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