Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

The Other Side of This Life

Thinking on retirement from this season of life, I have been prompted to relate to the other side of things.

Some terms that have loosely been thrown around are: the secular side, the civilian side, the real world, and so forth. Whatever the term of choice may be, it always relates to the other side of this season.

I am selfish and don’t want to think about the next season, because what if the next season takes me to a place that isn’t a term expected of me and my family? What if the other thing that awaits us isn’t the real world as culture would define it, but something outside of societal norms. What if the Lord’s real will doesn’t look like the real world?

Let me back track a bit here. Husband hit 20 years of service this past winter. All persons of relation, blood and other, asked the big questions, and were met with an extension of service. The other life that was to come was shoved back on the shelf for another time. Now we wait a handful more years, oceans of travel, long-distance phone calls, and pockets of travel bills.

While we wait for the next life, the “real world” to kick in, we serve, hope, dream, and let the Lord propel us forward.

As I wait, I get to reflect upon a charmed life of opportunities, friendships, service, and a lot of love.

One of my dear children was once at an event that held the service of military children up is esteem. Excitement pulsated through the crowd of little people. This daughter looked at me with a grin of joy and told me that her life was like a movie, one that she never wanted to end. She was so excited and poured words of gratitude for the blessings that such a path gave her.

I can’t imagine living another life with other opportunities. The Lord placed me here knowing that I would leave an impact somewhere or learn an appreciation of His provision. I am humbled with experiences that often do seem like a movie. It has twists and turns like a thriller, deep emotions like a love story, and sheer wisdom like a documentary.

Galatians 6:10 ESV

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

I have learned to take each opportunity in this life of mine and turn it back to God. He has given me some amazing things to share with the world. I believe that he will provide a time and place for me to do so.

Colossians 4:5 

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time

Now that the next life has been put on hold, and we move to a new adventure, the other side doesn’t seem to matter after all.  Why worry about a season of change, when the reality of the Lord’s will is much more exciting? He has prepared the next thing for me, for us, from the beginning of time. Our timing couldn’t be more perfect despite what has been expected of us. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but the medicine of kingdom growth and service surpasses all else.

1 Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace

This gift was waiting in the wings, and it is now time. We will take these things and run with them. We will serve, love and live according to the Lord’s commands and we will relish in the joy of His abundant mercies. I will walk in love, and bring my family right along with me.

5 thoughts on “The Other Side of This Life

  1. Thanks for sharing! It is important to come back to the basics when our world and life changes so much. May you experience lots of joy in what you do! Your FMF neighbour.

  2. Another great post, Maryann! You always seem to write things that I need in this moment. I love how God does that. He’s using you! Blessings as you continue to be obedient to where God is leading you and your family!

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. And it is always funny how God works out all things. He is always giving me what I need at the very moment I need it. He is so faithful!

  3. Very nicely written blog. I can tell you have done this for awhile. Your message was compelling and I loved the image of the compass dial. I was reminded of of the old television movie, as Caroline was reminded to come into the light. We must be careful who we follow and whose voice. The only voice is God and to follow Him is to live and love like Him. Thank you again for your insight and sharing.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging word. I remember that movie as well. You are right about who we should follow and whose expectations we should be meeting.

Join the conversation