A Simply Beautiful Life
I agree with the statement, ”Where there is a woman there is magic!” Please do not confuse the word magic to mean supernatural abilities. I am talking about what a woman can accomplish before God steps in with His supernatural provision! In this time of reality TV and tell all talk shows, there is not much room for mystery and the mesmerizing power of charm and etiquette. Have you ever noticed a woman who seems to have it all together? Have you ever secretly thought, “How does she do it? How does she seem to effortlessly ‘bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan,’ and never let her man or children forget they are loved?”
I recall a conversation with an old friend that really blessed me. She asked, “How did you do it back then?” “Do what?”, I replied as I could not imagine doing anything significant in those days. As we continued in conversation, I remember thinking that her observation of my life was different from my reality. I was a single mom at the time. From her viewpoint, I had it all together – she commented that my children were mannerable, fashionably and neatly dressed, she thought my little Geo Spectrum hatchback was perfect, (not knowing it would take me several trips to transport cheerleaders and basketball players to and from games), and she felt that I was always well put together. I didn’t see it that way…. In reality, I would start dinner in my work clothes and heels because changing into something more comfortable would throw off the entire evening’s well planned schedule of cooking dinner, eating, cleaning up, homework x2, washing and ironing school uniforms, wiping tears, smoothing out school frustrations, fussing about dirty rooms and whose turn it was to take out the trash. I remember going in my room at the end of the night, reflecting on the day’s events. I would be in tears thankful and grateful to God for what He provided.
Back then, I remember observing other women and wondering how do they did it? They appeared to be flawless, seemed to have it altogether. And as I pondered the conversation with my friend, I realized that I too possessed a certain mystery and allure. I realized that back then I learned to take joy in the simple beauty of my life. Instead of always wondering why life is the way it is. I found joy and peace in understanding that God has a plan for my life and the life of my children. You simply Let Go and Let God. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Emily Dickerson said, “To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.” We can embrace a SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL LIFE if we trust God, have a grateful heart, and live in the mystery of His plan.