Today I was out hiking in the mountains of Virginia with my Mom. As our day progressed I noticed that throughout our day was the blessing of seeing multiple types of butterflies. Now, it didn't seem like much until I started thinking about the butterfly (this started while watching one blow in the breeze while clinging to a flower). The life of a butterfly starts off as a worm. A measly insignificant to us, sometimes ugly and unusual to our eyes, but to the Creator it's a beautiful creation with a greater purpose. This amazing bug builds a cocoon for itself as a protection and a growing experience. Then when the perfect time arrives, it begins the arduous journey of breaking out of it's abode and building that strength that is needed to be able to fly and do what Butterfly's do. Now, for me to watch this process reminds me so much of my spiritual life. God takes me through the journey of taking away my old self and putting on the new one in Him! It's a constant journey with trials that strengthen me because I push through because God has asked me to grow closer to Him. The beauty that arises from that journey is nothing to be compared too. Just some thoughts for the day!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
|My 2013 Kitchen Crew!|
Sunday morning broke early and my heart was heavy. Some of my dearest friends were departing that day and I knew it would take everything in me to not let the held back tears flow. I made it to the kitchen for chores and the morning of saying so many "see you laters" began. Hugs, and tears flowed freely and I kept praying for the ability to let these dear people go in God's hands. The season with these amazing people has come to a close. I know that I will again be reunited with many of them and I cannot wait for that day. I praise God, who we all believe in, that He will bring our paths together again someday even if I have to wait until Heaven.
The new season of my life started honestly with tears and pouring my heart out to God on my way to my parents house for a much needed vacation. I realize that so much of me was put in the security of the people around me, and to see that leave was frightening. In two weeks I will have a whole new group of students arrive and I will begin at ground zero. But I on the other hand, am a completely different person. God has shown me His love and grace over and over and over again. I have been pressured, chiseled and molded. I do not have to fear what this next season will bring, I only need to fear the One who created me! If I do not choose to see this as a growing season it will not be one. I know I will miss the people that God is using elsewhere, but I also know that God has me where I am for a specific reason. I may never know that reason or see the results but God has asked me to walk worthy of the vocation with which I was called. So, in light of this...Bring it On!!! :D