They are like the gears turning in a clock – the stories swirling all around you.
A teenager is experiencing young love for the first time. The nerves, the excitement, the insecurity, the reckless abandon that comes when you feel like you can take on the world.
A middle-aged woman has just lost her job. She’s embarrassed and feels like everyone must have seen it coming except her. She may be right.
A little girl tries on the newly placed Halloween costumes in the store, imagining all that she could be with each one. Telling her story, singing her song with each piece of clothing. Which one will she choose? She’s a dreamer, always seeing what is possible while the rest of the world is stuck in their realities.
A mother who has worked hard for many years is moving on from one chapter of her life into another. She is caught in the bittersweet dance of letting go and holding on.
They never stop spinning and swirling, these stories all around you. Do you see them? Can you really fathom their depth?
If you’re anything like me, you probably find it hard sometimes to step outside of your own spinning truth and recognize that of another. It’s not easy to do unintentionally.
But sometimes, the Grand Engineer puts something into the mix that makes everything stop. Still. Frozen. So that, even if for just a moment, you can see all that is really going on around you.
Those things that you thought were about you – the teenager’s moodiness, the co-worker being sharp in her tone, the little girl not listening & the woman sticking her two-cents in – really aren’t about you at all. You are just feeling the wind from their swirling truths.
That’s the beauty and the irony of this design. You can see it all play out and everything makes perfect sense when you stop and take a look around. And just know that, when things don’t slow down and you can’t seem to pick your head up, that there is One who is in charge of it all. He’s making sure the pieces fit together and the gears keep spinning. He’s in control and you don’t have to be. On that truth you can rely.
I’m linking up over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s site every week for Five Minute Friday… come on over!