Light Changes Things

Before I’ve pulled back the curtains and opened the blinds each morning, everything inside my house is draped in darkness. As I walk down the hallway, my eyes rest on dog hair under the couch that seems to multiply overnight and what is left to be organized in Room #3 (Extension cords? boxes of photos? diplomas and yearbooks? Room #3 holds all those items without a specific place when we moved. In August).

Deep breath.

No matter who you are, whether you live alone or with other people, it seems all this work still needs to be done…after all this work already finished. But as the sun comes up, I can’t wait to open the blinds, as many as possible, because the light streaming in changes things. Instantly, the way I see it all is different.

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Just as the morning light brightens the room and brings warmth, if I am grateful for where I am and where I used to be, unrealistic expectations or frustration over what was left undone the day or year before lessens. 2014 was a challenging year, and a lot was accomplished. Much of the difficulty came first along with fear and anxiety over what was coming next. Somehow, I settled into the upheaval after kicking and screaming a bit, knowing we were carried in the arms of God. Always. Attitudes changed and before we knew it, the dread of WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN NOW? became an excited and hopeful What now?!

God has us (even when He feels far away) and will point us in the right direction when we stop kicking Him away. Maybe when situations don’t go as we would like, instead of jumping right into the next opportunity, we take some time to look out from where we are, breathe in some fresh air, and let the light tumble in, flooding us with a new perspective.

Was 2014 a growth year for you? Why or why not? If so, how have you changed because of it?

May your 2015 be filled with health, strength and joy through the challenges it brings.

10 thoughts on “Light Changes Things”

  1. It is hard to recognize progress sometimes when you are in the midst of it happening to you. Sometimes the growth hurts and does not seem like growth at all. It is nice to shed light upon things and to take time to really look. We miss a lot when we don’t do that; when up just skate by. Listening is the same as well. We are so good at ignoring sounds and what people are saying that we really are caught unawares. It takes work to do both; to shed light upon and to listen but well worth the time we invest.

    Happy New Year Jen!

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    1. Mary Jane, thank you over and over again. I’m so glad my posts mean something to you. That’s one reason I write! I’ve been thinking about a book for a while. Hmmm….maybe it’s time for less thinking and more action?

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  2. I love reading your posts, too. Thank you, Jen, for putting into words your personal growth and changes. You are so relatable! 🙂

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