You will get there when you are meant to get there, and not one moment sooner…..so relax, breathe and be patient.
– Mandy Hale
Point to Ponder:
Do you question why you are where you are in life?
Remain patiently determined while understanding that you are planted where you and others need to grow.
Despite the fact that we profusely fought as teenagers, my older sister Shonna is my best friend. While our core values and beliefs are identical, we are two very different people. For example, she’s an ER nurse, while hospitals make me queasy. She’s direct and doesn’t mind confrontation, while I’ll do almost anything to smooth over an unpleasant situation. We both believe in the power of goal setting, however Shonna isn’t satisfied until it is accomplished, while I tend to find joy in the journey.
Over the past nine years, Shonna has been working diligently on accomplishing a long-term goal related to her career success. She has remained prayerful, faithful and determined, however she also stays perpetually frustrated and curious, wondering when she will see the fruits of her labor. Then, a few months ago during a bizarre dream (involving, of all weird things, a Rubik’s Cube), she was given the peace of mind she had been searching for. Not only did the dream reveal that she was exactly where she needed to be, but most importantly it showed her that while her time would arrive, she was where she was so that others could get where they needed to go.
We both believe that her dream was divinely inspired and certainly not coincidence. Its message is powerful and one that we all can benefit from, which is:
We all play a significant role in one another’s lives. Never is the meeting of a stranger or where we are at any given point inconsequential to the grand plan. We are planted where we need to grow, and, as frustrating as it can be, we must remember that 99.9% of the time it’s not about us. If looked upon from above, we would resemble an orchestra — everyone playing a different instrument, some well and some not so well, but nonetheless, creating a musical masterpiece together.
In case you feel like Shonna did, wondering when your hard work will pay off, why you are where you are, or when your time will come, just remember you are exactly where others need you to be, and therefore, exactly where you are supposed to be.
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This really hit home with me Neissa, thank you! I really struggled with retiring from teaching after so many years; it was what I loved and really all I knew besides being a mom and that job was just about done (we really are never “done” by the way). But after my months of prayers and some pretty big “signs” I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do… but I still was dragging my feet emotionally. Change is always hard! After a year and a half however, it is so clear to me that had I not listened to that bigger voice, I would not be able to spend so much time with my recently ailing dad, help my mom and dad out AND plan a wedding without the stress of teaching. The Grand Plan is so much bigger than us!
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