“ Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God” – Sai Baba
Standing outside on a recent December night, I inhaled the cool, crisp air. I stared into the clear winter sky blanketed with millions of stars. Their illumination was beautiful and so perfect. Its hard not to stare into a world that goes on for light years and not feel small and somewhat insignificant. I’ve been present in this world for such a small period of time compared to those stars who have watched over generations of people for many years.
The threshold of a new year is approaching , and I have no new years resolutions to list and no major tasks or projects I plan to tackle. I have found the resolutions I tend to make are too lofty or unattainable to meet.
“ I will only indulge in chocolate once a week” or “ I will get up 30 minutes earlier so I’m not so rushed every morning”. I laugh just thinking of the thought of me being “early” for anything.
Deciding what I plan to accomplish each year, has also proved unfruitful. I was to be married for 5 years to embark upon our extreme thirst for travel and then start family planning. However, life had other plans. My best friend and mother was taken from me 4 years into our marriage. This rocked my world and put baby planning on hold. As well as the effect the poor economy had on my pocket book and now my husbands change in career field.
One of life’s lessons I seem to be continually schooled in is, God has a plan for me. Making my own plans without His involvement can be both fruitless and frustrating.
I am a planner at heart. At 20 years old , I had projected where I should be career , family and travel wise at the end of each decade till retirement. Things can be planned to a point and but the God factor plays a big part.
As of late, I have been praying for “Peace”. Peace of mind, Peace of the heart, and peace for the violent state of our world.
I can say for the little person that I am I can stress a big deal and praying for peace has chilled me out. I don’t fear the unknown as much as I had before.
I can look up into the brilliant night sky, observing all the constellations that many have mapped out before me, and feel that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this time in my life. This is a peaceful state to be in. It also encourages me to be excited to wonder, when I look up into the winter sky of 2013 what will life have in store for me.
“ For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream” – Vincent Van Gogh
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Well said Cara. I appreciate the fact that your one goal is peace. I must say that it is a incredible goal. I believe that peace crowds out a lot of other things that are not truly beneficial for us. For if we have peace, we are not left wanting something else. Keep up the great writing!
I totally agree Chad! Thanks for your continued support!
Your goal is within you
Thanks love! I miss you two. Hope ur Xmas was wonderful.
“Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.” Love the Van Gogh quote!
I love your quotes tied in and I think of you as such a peaceful person. you have that rare ability to hide your stress from most. I too have not given up dreaming, only given up the way I handle life if my dreams are not fulfilled. It is in the dreaming we are saved from things we’d get in to otherwise. Sometimes our dreams and plans were only allowed us for a time to keep us from the snares that lay in another path. I’m so glad you have more peace my friend as just your presence ministers peace to my soul.
I’m glad I bring you peace:) thats a big compliment !
Thanks for always sharing from your heart. Loved this one and I can completely relate to making plans………and then God definitely having a bigger/better plan. We just have to continue to learn to be at “peace” and know that He only wants the very best for us! Enjoyed the quotes too! Thanks again for sharing your creativity and passion for life!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.” -Psalm 19:1 Amplified Bible. Good writing, Cara.