The bottom of our planter box fell out. Literally, fell out!
We had no warning signs. But then again, who looks at the UNDERSIDE of a planter box? We didn’t.
The interesting part is that instead of being upset or frustrated, I was mesmerized. As I stared at it, I realized what an incredible metaphor had just been realized on our side porch.
Maybe the bottom of your planter has fallen out before- so to speak.
Maybe it has fallen out recently.
Many folks are considering the entirety of 2020 as one big planter box fiasco.
Maybe the bottom fell out for you a long time ago.
The bottom of my planter box has fallen out several times in my life. It’s the ones that we don’t see coming that are the most jarring to our foundation.
Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?
Why me? Why now? What did I do?
If I had been more vigilant… If I had prayed more… If I had been more patient/loving/wise/all the good and right things, this would not have happened… Right?
When the things we count on fail, we have a choice. Do we take on the role of victim or do we choose to see the event as an opportunity for a new perspective, reality, and experience?
Perspective is an important concept to me. I always want to understand the different elements at play so that I can learn what I need to learn.
I do not believe in coincidences. If I am a part of something, I believe there is a purpose and lesson for me to absorb and then share.
I heard a leader say once that we are responsible to share with the world the lessons we have earned. No one cares what we have learned. They care that we have walked through an experience to the other side wiser and willing to be vulnerable to share that wisdom.
Starting this blog is one way that I have chosen to make myself vulnerable. While we all have our journeys and voices, this is my journey and this is my voice.
Are you sharing the lessons you have earned with the world? I want to hear your story. I want to learn from you.
Don’t be afraid of what people may say or think. Someone needs to hear from you. Your experiences and willingness to share may be just the thing some people are waiting to hear to point them in the right direction, or away from the wrong direction. I may be one of those people waiting to hear your message.
We all have jobs to do with the time given to us. The enemy would love nothing more than for us to be distracted and get off track in our life’s work when our planter boxes fall apart.
Do not allow yourself to live in discouragement. This is not our true home. We look to the world ahead. Our hope is beyond this world of planter boxes that rot and give way.
In the meantime, share your story and be a source of light to the world. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5, the great Sermon on the Mount, to “let your light shine before all men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
I am praying right now that the readers of this essay know they are not alone and that God is for them. The tough times may seem like the worst possible time to consider letting your light shine, but it is in these moments that transformation begins and the doors of healing and opportunity begin to open.
If you are in need of prayer, reach out to me. It would be my pleasure to support you in this way. Thank you for spending time with me.