Tuesday, September 3, 2013

LIVING IN LALA LAND

Had a DEEP discussion with #1 daughter today about the WWW and how we are all putting ourselves out there.  What prompted the discussion was yet another post by an old friend about her wonderful husband and family surrounded by the adoring masses as they live an opulent life style---LALA Land!  Seriously---I am glad for them--BUT as I glance through the pictures--I always wonder--NEVER any problems?---No illness, dying, pestilence, plagues, or even a hint of disagreement---AMAZING! 

The psychology major tells me that the internet has become the way we are perceived by the world and for some we want others to see us as we truly are, but for others-they already feel connected and seen in real life--so the internet is just a highlight reel.  HEY PEOPLE--this is the direct result of that expensive education---makes me happy, happy, happy to have this educated insight.  I think she is exactly right.  

I cannot help but wonder if we all look at LaLa Land---and say "Why not me?"  As I have sat in my cave today and pondered, I decided God has stripped me of almost all that I hold dear--with some important exceptions.  I have lost my husband, my home,  my hometown, my church, my small group, my running group, and am distanced from my friends.  I am now in a small and old apartment that is hot due to lack of insulation and noisy due to the neighbors  in the midst of foreign territory and with only a handful of people that I know.  I believe God is teaching me to become completely and totally dependent upon Him.  He also wants me to share with you where I am and what He has done in my life.

I am reminded of Moses, Job, Ruth, Jonah, Paul, and the list goes on and on.  They did not live in LaLa Land by any means and yet they learned the lesson of The One that is faithful and can be depended upon---The Great I Am.  When all is stripped away--what is truly important is still there--it can never be taken from you.


"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go."
Joshua 1:9

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4 comments:

  1. The wider the gap between the WWW perception, highlight reel and reality the more trouble you are in. Life is a documentary not a sound bite. There in lies the huge risk of so called transparency. And that goes for positive or negative. How does one live with frozen in time snapshots indelibly linked to your history?

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    1. Anonymous, Thank you for your comment and it is thought provoking--but I stand on this belief---I am living and testifying to "Truth"--truth of where I am in life and truth as to what God is doing in my life--and truth as to Who He is. I am trying to be who I am and striving to be who God wants me to be---and not who the world wants or thinks I should be. I just do not think you can go wrong with truth.

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  2. Another profound blog...will be busy sharing this one. Thank you for always writing from the heart and being open and honest about what you find that works...people gravitate toward truth....and God is truth ....and love ....and eternal.
    I am enjoying the atmosphere the music brings to this encounter with your thoughts....and don't ask me why but I see you as a little girl, upturned face, playfully running through a field of wild grass with the sunshine on your back...a dark-haired pixie with hope and happiness in your expression...I think it must be Overton, TX and in the day when you had a whole life ahead yet to live.
    Maybe you are playing chase with Robbie and Noel...your life has been a good story from the beginning....and the strength you were given by family and by God is apparent in what you have been able to do and will do in the days to come. Thank you for being honest.

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    1. Marion, that little girl still lives in my heart---that is why I still love to play and laugh-another gift from God. We both know the world needs truth--NOT LaLa Land Fantasies!

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