Putting Together the Pieces

Life.  It has it’s ups and downs, laughter and tears, memorable moments and those we would rather forget.  It’s not promised to us…no one is guaranteed tomorrow.  Yet as we go through each day, are we truely appreciating the gift of life?  Or does it seem easier to go through the motions, watch time as it ticks by, dwell on our challenges, and wait for tomorrow to start (hoping for a better day)?

Lately, the second option would best describe me.  That may come as a surprise for those who know me.  I’ve often had people ask how I remain so positive and happy, with a constant smile on my face, even through traumatic situations.  The answer is…I’m not always that positive, confident person.  I’m human.  I experience sadness, negativity, and struggles too.  I need pep talks, encouragement, and support from others.  I’m not superwoman.

My faith and knowing that I can trust God has gotten me through the “not so fun” parts of life.  Recently, I’ve experienced a situation that broke me completely, and for a moment my trust in everything in this world.  Getting through the day was a struggle, having conversations with people without crying was nearly impossible, my heart literally ached.  Slowly I’ve started to put the broken pieces of me back together.

A large part of the healing process occurred this week.  Josh had business to take care of in Wisconsin and Iowa, so I took the week off to go with him.  During the drive from Wisconsin to Iowa we came across a site that I still have a hard time grasping.  Rather than explain it myself, I’ll let the videos do the talking…which really doesn’t do it justice either. Keep in mind we were driving down a busy highway in the middle of nowhere.

After sitting along the road for a short while, we realized there were many more of these creatures over the hill…totaling to at least 30, if not more!  It makes me wonder how many people drive by and didn’t see this unusual site.  How often in life are we so focused on getting to where we need to be that we don’t pay attention to the “now” and appreciate what’s right in front of us?

An hour away from this awesome site, the hotel we stayed at was located on the Iowa River.  It was a peaceful view, which became even more eye catching when we realized there were bald eagle nests right outside the hotel. As I wrote this blog, I watched those eagles soar outside our room.  Occasionally, they will swoop down to the water and catch supper for their young.  One day I sat on the bed for 30 minutes just watching them fly, appearing to be at ease as the wind carried them.


Between the quiet, devotional time I had this week, many “goosebump – ok God, I’m listening” moments, and these two sites, I was reminded that all of us on this earth…no matter the circumstances…are blessed.  We are here for a reason.  There’s a plan for all of us.  In order to truly understand what good times feel like, we must experience difficult situations.  Even though it may not seem like it at the time, things could always be much worse.  It’s all just a part of life…a gigantic puzzle that’s being put together, jumbled when something runs into the pieces, then starting over with thankfully a few of the pieces still intact.  God didn’t put us on this earth to please us in every aspect of our life, we aren’t in control of the puzzle, we are here to live out HIS plan and HIS desires.  Who do we think we are to tell God his plan in wrong?  The video below was in a book I read this week (Crazy Love), and boy does it make you think!

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