For the past few days, I have been thinking about a personality pattern in my life that was recently revealed to me. Sometimes the events are seemingly insignificant, however, when combined with other experiences definitely show a pattern.
So I will open my heart and divulge some of my quirks and transgressions. Maybe someone out there can identify?
Some of these things started for me when I was a little girl. I never believed in Santa, because we opened our gifts on Christmas Eve. I KNEW who all the gifts were from. The presents started appearing under our Christmas tree a few weeks before Christmas, complete with tags. I knew which ones were mine. The suspense was way too much for me. Yes, you guessed it – I was one of those children who woke up during the night, grabbed my gifts from under the tree, and slid the gifts out of their wrappings. I was really good at rewrapping them, too! The only down side for me, was that I had to feign surprise when I opened the presents with my family. I really don’t think they ever caught on.
Another one of my “quirks” is I LOVE to read the last page of a novel first, and I prefer to know the ending of a movie before I watch it. My husband cannot understand the logic of this. All I can say is, I love to know the end, because then I can really enjoy the story’s journey, and the twists and turns to the conclusion.
Whenever I am exposed or required to experience something new, it is imperative that I know the steps involved, in detail. I don’t like to be caught off guard. I like to be prepared.
The last thing I can think of is my love for tasting food while it’s cooking. I taste it a lot…because I am impatient. I want to have an inkling of how good it is BEFORE it’s completely done. Then I can make adjustments. My daughter in law doesn’t like this at all. I once tried tasting one of her dishes she was cooking for me, and after seeing the look on her face, I never did that again. She does not like anyone sampling her creation before it is complete.
You might ask where this is all leading.
As these personal traits came to light one by one, I picked up on a lesson to be learned.
What I found is this. For me, it is extremely important to know what is ahead for me. When I am sure of the outcome, my spirit is calmed, and I can focus on my day to day experiences. As long as I know my destination, I can enjoy the journey, and make adjustments as I go.
I already know my true destination.
What is ahead for me, and for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, is an eternity with our Heavenly Father. There will be colors that we have never seen, music we’ve never heard, beauty and love that we cannot even imagine. Because I know this to be true…I know the “end of the story”. I can rest assured that each day brings to my life a new opportunity to grow and learn to love in a deeper way. My Father’s love is so amazing, that even though I stumble and fall, He is always there to guide my path, and help me to make the changes and adjustments necessary for my growth.
I trust that no matter how the road twists and turns, it will always lead me to Him.
Jesus has offered His life as a gift for us. He is holding that gift out for us to open, and once we accept it, we will always be sure of our destination. After knowing the intense love of Jesus, wrapped in light and love, I pray that we never attempt to cover that perfect light with the false wrappings of pride and rebellion.
I pray that we allow the light of Christ to shine so brightly in our hearts that it spills out to a world in need.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
- Christ’s Love through Light (diodocs.wordpress.com)
December 5, 2013 at 10:13 am
You just shed light on why I am inclined to do the same – my tendencies which I always chalked up to simply being impatient. Hmmmm… gives me something to ponder! Thanks for your beautiful words.
December 6, 2013 at 10:53 am
As always, it is wonderful hearing from you. So happy you could “identify”!!!!