Thursday, May 30, 2013

What Did You Imagine? Five Minute Friday


Imagine

When I imagined what I thought my life would be like…well it was all perfection. I would be a better mom, the perfect mom. I would be quilting, babies round my feet. My husband and I would look adoringly into each others’ eyes all the time. Our love would be perfect, whole, lovely. Words would be soft gentle loving kind beautiful.

When I imagined what my life would be like my babies would live and not die. They would be healthy and nurse perfectly.

When I imagined what my life would be like, itwould never have included my husband standing at the corner waiting to catch the commuter bus…only to be violently struck down one beautiful June day by a young man in a truck. No, my husband would not have been brain injured. My life was going to be perfect.

And when I imagined who God was,  he was the giver of good things.

When reality snapped me out of my imaginings, it was better….much much messier, much less perfect. Much more real, and gritty, and flawed.

But truly all I imagined doesn’t compare to what God had in mind.

His purposes were for my good that I could not have imagined. He imagined more for me…more joy in the difficulty, more triumph in the tragedy. He knew before I was formed in my mother’s womb.

And while I would not have imagined it and could not have imagined it….this life, this wholly imperfect life…I could not have imagined this God this holy perfect God who would offer me more than I could have thought or imagined.

What did you imagine?

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15 comments:

  1. Wow. Very powerful. I have no words. Thank you.

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  2. Heart-wrenching and beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing your heart! It's pretty amazing in the midst of all our imaginings to realize that God is in the business of doing incredibly MORE than we can ask or imagine! You can see my thoughts for FMF today at http://mommynificent.com/2013/05/31/five-minute-friday-imagine/

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    1. So delighted to see your beautiful family! Thanks for stopping by and inviting me over...

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  3. Amazing...and so raw and beautiful. I love your heart, friend. I love the prompt this week...even though the life I imagined is far different from the one I'm blessed to live, I don't think I'd change a thing. It's a gift to be able to see the blessings of today. Happy Friday, sweet friend! :)

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    1. Yes, Mel, it is a blessing to be able to appreciate today. I agree, though there are things that were very hard, I wouldn't trade them. Truly they drew me to God and that is a blessing that sticks...I wouldn't trade Him for anything.

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  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog and your encouragement for the dream us bench girls have together! Your honesty and openness is so fresh and real! Life never works out the way we imaging. I think anyone who has gone through hard trials of this life wouldn't change it because of who those trials make us out to be. Your heart is beautiful and it shines bright for Him!

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    1. Thank you Andi for your beautiful words. Oh how I do wish to shine a light for Him...and I gather you bench gals do too!

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  5. "All that I imagined doesn't compare to what God had in mind..." This. This is so true. And no matter what, He IS the giver of good gifts! Blessings to you Elise!

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    1. Yes, Jacque, there are gifts even in the difficulties. Bless you!

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  6. This is beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes.

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  7. Sweet, tender and very real! That's life.... No bed of roses, but yet through the tragedy, we can shine snd grow through Gods restoration which encourages others ... Beauty for ashes and joy for pain !

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    1. Yes, Donna! Enjoyed your post on abiding too. And today the sermon was about letting our light shine...we are cities on a hill.

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  8. Beautiful post, Leesie! So true-to-life. It is so often not what we imagine! It is more real, more beautiful, fuller and deeper, with many ups and downs. Lots of love,
    Cale

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