Thanks for the positivity during my recent illness. Things did happen in threes, unfortunately: first, I got sick, then I fell in the shower and tore a muscle in my side, then I wound up with pink eye!! But apart from my side, which still mostly hurts, I am finally better.
And now a post from April 28, 2012, when I still had my old blog, Notes from Innisfree. I called this one 'Yellow Brick Road' and wrote it for the A-Z Blogging Challenge:
As part of
my daughter's birthday celebration (she had her birthday on Thursday
this week), we're going to see a stage production of The Wizard of Oz today. That got me thinking that the 'yellow brick road' would be an appropriate topic for today's letter, Y.
the yellow brick road? It was the path Dorothy and Toto, along with the
scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion, had to travel to get to Oz. What
did they hope to find there? The wizard, who they hoped would help
Dorothy and Toto get home, give the scarecrow some brains, give the tin
man a heart, and fill the lion with courage. In other words, each had a
need they thought the wizard would be able to fill. In the end, though,
they discover that each had what s/he needed right from the start.
Dorothy and Toto had the ruby slippers that would enable them to return
to Kansas; the scarecrow had a brain, the tin man a heart, and the lion
his courage. They just didn't know it.
like most of us? We have what we need, but don't realize it, or don't
know how to access it. Of course, for many, the void is Jesus. They need
him, but don't think they do. Or they know there's a God-shaped hole
inside, but they don't want to give up control to him. They believe they
know what's best and they're afraid God would "ruin" all their dreams
and plans. Hey, he's the giver of dreams and all good things
(James 1:17). He's not a killjoy. His plans are for our good and not to
harm us (Jeremiah 29:11). He gives all that we need for living (2 Peter
1:3), and nothing is impossible with him (Luke 1:37).
have a dream, don't be afraid to fulfill it, especially if you know God
has given it to you, and shaped you to achieve it. Trust in God, and
don't lean on your own feeble understanding. In all your ways, seek the
will of the One who created you, and he will direct your path (Proverbs
3:5-6). Honey-child, you have a destiny, and it doesn't involve traveling down a mythical yellow brick road. It's the real deal.