What are we missing the first time around? Today, the day I write this, I returned back home with my husband from visiting family. We had the car fully packed. Christmas gifts, traveling bags, my make up, and little odds and ends.
“Do you have…” and, “Did you grab…” were questions we both asked each other.
We were positive we both were set.
Right before leaving my parents, we realized he had left his shoes at his parents, so we traveled there. Then, just as we were about to leave our hometown, I received a call from my brother alerting me to the fact, no, I had not packed my phone charger.
Back to my parents, we went.
We weren’t really far out, so backtracking wasn’t such a big deal, but in the moment, I was frustrated. For once, I had everything ready by the time my husband had come to my parents, and we were able to get everything in the car. For once we could leave on time.
But we had to keep backtracking, and I felt bad about it.
However, I wasn’t about to let the inevitable get to me. So, I asked myself, “Well, what can God teach you about this?”
And as we once again pulled out of my parent’s driveway, I heard this sentence.
“Look around at what you missed, and don’t forget.”
Having it all together does not, in fact, mean we do. “Picture perfect,” is a lie. We’re human. We have flaws. We make mistakes.
Taking another look around, a second glance to soak it in makes the difference.
Trials do this for us. Trials, as hard as they can be, allow us the opportunity to look again. To see what we missed the first time.
Our relationship with Christ is similar.
In some of the deepest trials and emotional battles I’ve been in, He has been right there, and I’ve felt so much love and assurance from Him. His grace and purity filled my cup and overwhelmed my soul in a bear hug.
I desire this connection with Him outside of the bad, but I wouldn’t have known this depth if He hadn’t made me look again.
If things aren’t going your way, if you’re struggling with today, just remember, there is something in the moment He gives us. All we have to do is look at Him.
Psalm 139:09-10, “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”
What has God reminded you of recently?