Monday, February 13, 2012

Songs for a Broken Record

I feel like all I can talk or think about these days is the present situation that our family is in. It is rather all consuming but I also recognize it as being a temporary stage of life. It might not exactly feel temporary, but it really is. The best thing to do is to learn the lessons that God has for us in this and wait for Him to move on our behalf (especially whereas the insurance company is concerned, it would appear!)

At the beginning of the year I had been thinking about how it would be nice to simplify life a bit, but I wasn't exactly sure how to do that. I wanted to declutter - but how? I wanted more time for people, but I wasn't sure how to carve that out. It's painfully "easy" to have God do that for you. We simplify. We are forced to say goodbye to our belongings. We are forced to slow down. We discover time for conversations and fellowship that we didn't know existed - all in one short week's time. (More on this later.) In short, we learn to live on the bare necessities and discover it's really not so bad after all. We probably have more now than we did when we had it, if that makes any sense to you at all! (It does to me, but I'm still working on words to elaborate the point.)

A friend of mine sent me the link to the following song, for a grin, to illustrate the point in a humorous way.

When I woke up Sunday morning I had this Steve Green song in my head. It has been a long time since I've thought of this particular song but God's timing is pretty much, oh, perfect. The lyrics are simple. Which is sometimes just how you need them to be!

I don't need to have a plan in hand,
I don't need to have the end in sight
All I need to do is follow You wherever You lead
and do what You ask me to.

Trusting You Lord with all my heart,
following You all my days;
whether I can or can't understand,
I'll acknowledge You in all my ways.

I don't need to have a plan in hand,
I don't need to have the end in sight
All I need to do is follow You wherever You lead
and do what you ask me to.

Though I am pressed on every side,
I am not in despair.
My faith in You will carry me through
Though I may not see where You're leading me.

The plan right now is No Plan. (At least for today.) It's a strangely good plan. I am working on being good with it.


  1. It's a strange situation. And you've been able to get some wise and humorous and humbling thoughts out of the whole thing. I think it deserves quite a few blog posts. :-)

  2. I know it takes a long while to deal with the aftermath of something like this. Probably longer than if it had burned down because you have to sort through things...but of course that's worth it to be able to salvage things. An acquaintance whose house burned down said she was dismayed because she thought, having insurance against fire, that everything would be replaced. But they wanted proof of every little item, and who keeps all that, and if they had it would have been burned up anyway. I don't know how it all worked out for her. I hope it all works out well for you all! In the meantime it sounds like you are gleaning the good God has in the situation.

  3. Wow. Thanks for the perspective, Carrie. I've been complaining about not having time to declutter or simplify, but I DON'T want to have to do it the way you are. Your attitude through all this has been wonderful.