It will come as no surprise to you most of us desire/need recognition.  I speak not of glittering trophies, ribboned medals, or shiny plaques--although those are certainly nice.

I have a few of those things collecting dust on the shelf---also a drawer of marathon medals that the grands occasionally play with.

The recognition I have missed greatly since moving to the Big City has been the simple recognition of my face, my car, my voice---that comes from years of "knowing you".  The only two places I go here in The City that I am ever recognized is The Y and Church.  No more running into anyone in the grocery or on the street or at the post office---no more impromptu conversations when spotting old friends at a local eatery.  I have a friend that moved back to Ruston after a few years in The City---she told me---"I got tired of going to the grocery store and never seeing anyone I knew."

I do miss the recognition, but it's not all bad being incognito----why no make up---no problem---hair a mess---who's looking---stain on my shirt---no one to care.  There is an element of freedom when traveling in the limbo land of "Nobody Knows Me".  Old habits die hard though---I find myself striking up conversations with perfect strangers.  Depending upon where I am--there is always something to talk about---The Nursery--plants----The Grocery---cooking---The Street Corner--the length of the red lights----I am seldom at a loss for words.  But the sad truth is---it is idle chit-chat---with no eternal consequences--no lasting relationship.  

There is another good thing about the isolation of aloneness---getting in touch with The One who is always there---The One who always listens---The One who loves me deeply---the reason I am truly NEVER alone.  All I have to say is "Lord, Father, God Almighty" any of his many names---and He immediately recognizes my voice and always listens to my thoughts.  I am thankful for His Recognition!

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 wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9


  1. How very true..personally, and I know you will find this hard to believe (wink)--I am a wallflower, hubby & son are the ones who will talk to a tree (ongoing joke, lol). ANYWAYS-I am so thankful and filled with wonder how the Lord knows me, and his Grace towards me, even when I mess up or don't do what I am suppose to do etc..isn't great to have such unconditional love? Blessings

    1. Oh, Linda---I take GREAT comfort in knowing He hears me!

  2. Hi Lulu! Oh, I think you have no idea how many hearts you touch with your 'idle chit-chat'. I am sure you made some people's day. Truly! Big cities can be very isolating, and we all need the warmth of human companionship.
    But the fact that you can use this time to deepen your relationship with God, wow. That's inspired. And I was just reading about using a special phrase in prayer, any praise, to center myself in prayer. And you are doing that with 'Lord Father, God almighty.' Sure sounds like you are moving in a faithful direction to me.

    I hope you will find new places to call your own. It does take time. But God is with you and knows your needs. You may have to be in the desert for a while, but he will bring you out of it. You are too friendly to stay alone!
    Have a wonderful Friday my friend,

    1. Ceil--if you will make eye contact with me--I WILL talk to you! I am looking forward to God's plan for tomorrow and everyday following!
      Happy Weekend, Friend!


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