Forrest Gump would suggest that “It is like a box of Chocolats. You never know what you are going to get.” I submit that the bible has it right ” You reap what you sow”. In that regard we have a certain level of predictability in what we might expect.
We can look upon our lives as having “chapters”. As humans there is a sequence; birth, through adolescense, through mid-life, and into life’s seniorhood. There are “givens” to all of us collectively in each phase. On a personal level, God’s plan and mandate for us as individuals sets us apart. One is fairly predictable, the other is very much dependant upon our relationship with Him.
The plan is; that you get old and you look for ways to accomodate new and unexpected limitations. The push now in the geriatric industry is that we “age in place”. Methods are being devised to make that easier; monitoring systems, special construction features to accomodate lessened mobility, drop-in services, and for some; delivered meals.
This effort allows you to pretty much keep all your “stuff” and live around, never really needing to condense and throw away, the many piles of things that are no longer useful.
The surprises in the box of chocolets are fun. The surprises in life often are not always so unless you share them with God.
My wife and I, once dedicated “age in placers” have become “let’s find a new life style that will address our suddenly, now modified needs and abilities.”
Some serious health problems (age related) have crept in and created the need to sell our home and scale down. More importantly to adjust to a new level of dependence that we had never before experienced.
I am sure now that life is “like a box of promises” We are never to be forsaken, we will remain strong in Him. We will always have God-given joy and purpose in our lives. Like chocolats, we do not know what fulfillment there might be inside the promise, only that we are allowed to choose it and share God’s excitement that we would know the Source and surprise in every change.
We have found that He has prepared us for the transition. We have come to know that our attachment for “things” is being transitioned into way greater simplicity. We have selected a “Senior Living Retirement Center”. The Lord encouraged us to look into them and He led us to a wondefful selection.
We have found that throwing and giving away is a bit like eating popcorn; once into it … it is hard to stop.
Once having surrendered… God finds it impossible to stop blessing us. He does need to help us sell our house and modify the wait list on our intended destination.
In the blink of an eye! From a God who never sleeps.