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.
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.