Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Curveballs of Life

curve•ball  /’kərv,bôl/
Noun: A ball that is pitched with a snap of the wrist and a strong downward spin, which causes the ball to drop suddenly and deceptively veer away from home plate.

That last part of the definition is most interesting to me...”a downward spin which causes the ball to suddenly and deceptively veer away from home plate.” You think life is headed in one direction and then with the snap of change you suddenly feel like you’re veering away from home.

Change...it's a little bit of a double edged sword for me. On the one hand I find change exciting. A new challenging adventure on the horizon of life just waiting to burst forth with amazing possibilities. But then at the same time I don't like it, sometimes dread it and just downright don't want it to happen. Yes. I'm a complex kinda gal (:

We've had lots of change over the last few years and honestly, sometimes that feeling of giving up just wants to take over. Change in relationships, change in work, the passing of loved ones, a change in life focus, a week ago the passing of my beloved dachshund Reba at the ripe old age of 19 and now an unexpected move in the next couple of weeks for which we are financially unprepared. My, my, my...

Change...yuck. But instead of focusing on the yucky side of this coin, I’ve decided to flip it over and look on these moments in life like surprise parties...you enter the room startled and bewildered, scream your guts out in horror and then once you realize your life isn't in jeopardy (: you acclimate and party on!

The whole essence of life is about change isn't it? Things grow in the spring and wither away in the winter...a cycle that must happen for new growth to come back the following season. Nothing really stays the same, other than an awe inspiring heavenly Father who gently carries us when we experience these curveballs of life. It's up to us to let go and enjoy the ride instead of fighting against the currents.

And so I’m embracing this new phase as an adventure...a magical curveball adventure of soul changing elation. I don't know where we're going, don't know how we're going to get there, nor do I know how we are going to financially pull this off, but I do know that God already has a plan in action and is lovingly guiding our steps (:

So, when you experience those curveballs of life, what advice do you have for those who are going through it right now? What gets you through? What focus propels you forward? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

“You are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.” ~ Psalm 23:4



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8 comments:

  1. Well, I'll chew my nails off, cry, won't be able to sleep at night, worry and pray. I find that the more I pray and ask for God's guidance, the more courage I have to go through it. It also brings peace and in many times a change of heart. : )

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  2. So sorry to hear about your sweet Reba. I have come to find that everytime there is sorrow and strife in our life, we are being prepared for change. Most of us tend to fight it kicking and screaming but I've learned to embrace and wide the wave. One of my favorite quotes is: "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere." I have a tendency to dwell on all matter of things; something I can't seem to change about myself, but I can smile and carry on. When you think of all the others out there who have so much more to deal with (most recently, the tragedy in Norway), you realize you can handle just about anything. Wishing you all the best with the move. God Bless! Tammy

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  3. Change is hard, and I usually fall to pieces. I try to let go and let God as some people say-but I guess I like to be in control. Really it takes time and a lot of praying to accept that your whole life is changing and I hope this WILL be an adventure and that all will work out.

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  4. I guess I just shrug my shoulders and say "Nothing I can do about the change, might as well make the best of things!" My son is starting school this year, my husband may be taking a new position at work and I am deciding what I really want to do now that I'll have more time. Change is what moves us forward.

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  5. I find the Serenity Prayer helps me to put things in perspective when things are changing and I don't feel ready.

    All the best moving forward, and very sorry to hear about your pooch.

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  6. I guess the phrase "Let go and let God" might be appropriate here. I hope all turns out for the very best. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. So sorry to hear of the passing of Reba.
    You are being a wonderful example of trusting in the Lord. Moment by moment our dependence on him allows us to be closer to him. Change is a yielding experience from which we grow.

    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV

    Romans 15:13
    New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
    13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Please keep us updated. It has been sometime since you posted previously.

    Kindly,
    Chris

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear about Reba. I know losing a beloved pet is difficult.

    I don't like change either. It means I have to get out of my comfort zone. And I'm usually well entrenched in my comfort zone!

    I start by counting my blessings. David marked on his shepherd's staff each time he killed a predator that was stalking his flock . Then when he went out to face Goliath, he was able to recall all the times God had brought him through victoriously. I look back and recall God's provision and guidance in my own life. Then its easier to give Him my worries and press on ahead.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

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