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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

ALL IS STRIPPED AWAY

If we live long enough, one thing is inevitable, our "things" will begin to be stripped away.  There are certainly exceptions to this, but bear with me.


As time passes and we grow older, we begin to see a slow shedding of all things worldly.  You transform from the obtainer to the shedder in the mere blink of an eye.  As families grow up and begin families of their own, suddenly you no longer need the huge house.  The huge house with huge upkeep and expensive maintenance.  You find yourself weighted down by the bulk of all the possessions of a lifetime and needing to lighten the load.  You can do as my mother and allow your children to decide what goes and what stays, or you can do as I did and make your own decisions.  Very few things which I released from my grasp have I missed or needed.



Sadly in all relationships, one usually goes before the other.  We find ourselves alone--without a mate.  Being alone is one of the most difficult transitions in life.  After a lifetime of being part of a family or one of two, you are suddenly thrust into a world of singleness.  Slowly with time, you accept this new state of oneness.



I saw my sweet in laws out live almost all of their peers.  They were no longer able at the end to enjoy the company of the few who were still with us.  We all have lost sweet friends along the way.  As we grow older, it begins to be more and more frequent.  We miss the good company of those who lived life beside us.  The world is slowly shrinking until one day we find ourselves alone and with few possessions.  Our families may be still with us, but they are responsible for families of their own and the big responsibility which comes with a family.  We begin to feel the shrinkage of our social world.



NO, I am not down or depressed or looking at the gloomy part of life.  I am wondering--when all else is gone--when all is stripped away---Will God be Enough?  Has my relationship with God deepened to the point that even in the solitude of the desert, He will sustain me?  God has always and will always be enough.  Have I allowed the world and all it contains to block my vision of His importance?   Is God enough?~HE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.  When all is stripped away--there will still be God---He knew us when we came into this world and He will know us when we leave this world.  God desires a deep relationship with us---He is all we truly need!

5 You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. 
6 How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are! 
7 I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. 
8 I am always aware of the Lord's presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me. 
9 And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure, 
10because you protect me from the power of death. I have served you faithfully, and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead. 
11 You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.
Psalm 16:5-11



5 comments:

  1. "NO, I am not down or depressed or looking at the gloomy part of life."

    I'll admit that's how I felt as I read this post; and I prayed for you, Lulu. I guess God wants us to be happy and not spend our time looking at the dark, (albeit real), side of life. Of course, life changes as the years go by. But He is always beside us every step of the way.

    God bless.

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    1. I hope we all come to a point in life when we realize this world is fleeting, and only God is eternal, Victor. Praying I continue to seek a deepening relationship with Him as all else slips away.
      Blessings, My Friend!

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  2. Yes, when all is stripped away, God remains, forever true and certain. Such a heartfelt and touching reflection, Lulu.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thankful that He reminds me daily, He is by my side!
      Blessings, My Friend!

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