Every Friday I join a group of writers and we only write for five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer. Write. Stop. Publish. Join the fun and read more about Five Minute Friday here.
Today’s prompt is: PLACE
The places we go, so many. The people we meet. So different. I remember an older man telling me as a young girl in middle school, when I was thinking about who I would marry (based on the people I knew at the time), said: “Wait until you see how many other people you will meet in your life…”
Yep. Pretty much.
I didn’t marry anyone I knew in middle school, high school, or really anyone I went to college with. But when you reach a certain age (I’m not sure what the number is – but “the age” is somewhere around my age right now) you start to think about all of the places you’ve been instead of the places you’ll go.
The Dr. Suess promises seem childish, and you find yourself thinking more about past places instead of future places. Maybe because future places are so uncertain. That’s the only certain thing you kind of know now. The future places hold mystery and mystery isn’t exciting like it used to be.
Mystery might mean misery or messy. It might lead down a path I don’t want to go. So instead of thinking about the places I’ll go, I think about the places I’ve been in the past.
The past can’t be my place to live. The regrets, the victories, all count and are not wasted – but the future is where God is leading. Not the past. The future places don’t have to be scary. They can be good. They can be safe. They can be all of those things – because (you know what I”m going to say) – God is there.
God is in every place I’ve ever been.
From the jungles of Peru when I was sixteen,
To the city of Chihuahua, Mexico when I stayed in an all pink room.
From the islands in the Caribbean with a group of college students who loved adventure, missions, and did 3 VBS’s in one week,
To the Far East to find my children who were born to other women.
O the comfort to know whatever places I find myself, God is there. The same God, no matter the place.