Here’s how it works : Day 11 of 31

You take a walk. The leaves are changing. Some are dry and brown on the ground. You feel a bit sad. Just a month ago the wind made warm music through these leaves. Now winter’s coming. But you know winter won’t stay, so it’s not so bad.

You read in the Bible about the seed that has to die and fall to the ground before it can produce much fruit. You read about how Jesus was rejected, suffered, died, and came back to live a new life. You think to yourself how resurrection is a good thing but you notice there always has to be a death first.

Then you think of that loss, that disappointment, that dream you’ve given up. You think of that hopelessly dead thing. And you remember that first the old leaves fall so the new ones can come later with spring. You remember that there can be no resurrection without a death.

And you sense a teeny bit of encouragement. Your loss, your dead thing, is part of how God has made the world to work. You’re not alone–the whole world goes through this. New things come from death. There’s hope.

You just connected the dots

That’s just an example. What dots are you connecting right now?

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This is Day 11 of 31 Days of Connecting the Dots: make more sense of your life, your world, your hopes and dreams. Subscribe on the right or below and each day will be delivered every morning to your inbox. Visit the Nester to choose from over 1,200 more 31 Dayers.

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Gary

Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).

Comments

  1. Connie

    Three years ago I attempted to get a masters degree in counseling. I ended up dropping out because I was overwhelmed and depressed (ironic, eh?)

    A little over two years ago I trusted the Lord for His provision and quit my job. I wasn’t sure why He wanted me to do it. In the time that has followed, I was emptied of all of my hopes and dreams. However I grew in my relationship with the Lord. Today I am a completely different person than I was several years ago (in a good way).

    Over the course of the last month the Lord has opened the door for me to begin another attempt to obtain a masters in counseling. The difference? I know God so much more, my mind and heart are healed from things I didn’t even know were there, and I see counseling as a gift (not a career). This seven months or so of rest have been invaluable.

    Some days I’m so busy connecting dots I can barely keep up!

    Thank you for this series.

    • THAT is so awesome Connie. Very encouraging – thanks for sharing your journey.

  2. Abbie

    Thanks, Gary. Still mourning the death (or still going through it?) here. Hope is my anchor to God. I’m going to go crunch some leaves!

  3. Guest

    My most recent dots were writing this post http://b-joyful.blogspot.com/2012/10/31-days-creating-takes-practice.html and I linked to your blog so others can check it out for themselves.
    I love your posts!
    What a wild ride… commiting to 31 days was an act of insanity. Or was it…? 😉

  4. Joy Manoleros

    My most recent dots were writing this post http://b-joyful.blogspot.com/2012/10/31-days-creating-takes-practice.html and I linked to your blog so others can check it out for themselves.
    I love your posts!
    What a wild ride… committing to 31 days was an act of insanity. Or was it…? 😉

    • Thanks Joy. I liked what you said at your place about baby steps. And yes insanity.

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