A Short Story

While at work on Saturday, I was discussing some things with my manager. I mentioned that as we get older we begin to realize that there are different seasons in life—she is just turning 24 as I approach 60. I have experienced difficult seasons, easy seasons, fast seasons, and slow seasons. She said she calls them, “Short stories.” That resonated with me since I have become a story teller of sorts, with these writings. We are all living in a short story of one kind or another. I wonder what yours is on this day? Here’s mine...

I once again find myself in Oregon. When we have grown children, and they have children, sometimes it calls for a grandma being present to help out. It is a season to pour love and devotion into those we care so much about. We might be tempted to say, “I just don’t have time for this.” But, when we realize what is needed, and that we might be here for just such a time as this, it is good to follow Jesus wherever He leads us.

I listened to a sermon about Esther’s story on my drive to Oregon. Esther was in the right place, at the right season, to help save her Jewish people. It made me think about what God might be calling me to do. Am I willing to be that person? Am I willing to go where God leads? Am I willing to be obedient to do whatever it is He is asking of me? I admit, sometimes I complain—mostly to my husband, Jim. But in the end, he and I agree these seasons pass by, and that living in them obediently is important because each day was ordained for us by God for a reason. We have seen many of those seasons, and reasons.

I remember living in Germany in the early 90’s. I was driving between our home and the military base where Jim was working. The company he worked for paid him well for the “inconvenience” of us having to live in Bavaria—at the foot of the Alps. Yes, it was a rough life. As I was driving, I was listening to a song on the radio about the good old days. I remember thinking, “These are the good old days, right here, right now. Soak them in. Remember them. Do not take them for granted.” When we left Bavaria to move back to the United States, after eight years overseas, it was very difficult to leave. Especially, since at that point, we had started walking our youngest son through his season of battling Leukemia—a season where we all learned how quickly life can change.

Searching And Noticing the Divine should help us never take any season of our life for granted. If it is a season of great joy, live in it fully. If it is a season of great heartache, and change, live in that fully, too. Because there will be times within all those short stories that will teach us many helpful things about the love and care God has for His children, in season and out.

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:14 (NIV)