Friday, June 15, 2012

Five Minute Friday {And Then Some} :: Path

I was the fanciful girl who always thought "the road less traveled" held the most promise.

What wild discovery, 
what fanciful so-journers, 
what brand new surprised 
would be unearthed just around the bend?

And all the while, I planned and dreamed of the way I wanted my life to be, different from being the little missionary girl, of course. I longed for American soil, family down the street, and a boy who would love me til the day I died. I dreamed of friendship where you never had to say goodbye and babies that would call me Momma.

So while my fanciful heart thrilled with the potential of the bend in the road, the practical lover of every day life laid out a path before her, clear and true.

But something happened.
The logical, no-nonsense planner got her schedule knocked around a lot.
No seriously.
And she moaned and lamented the "way life should be."

But it's funny, really, because somehow the Anne Shirley lover of whimsy won out.

And while the hurts and disappointments are real and keen to a sensitive soul such as mine, I simply cannot help but lift the corners of my mouth with a smirk of knowing and gaze up at the sky in amazement of the One who knows me better than I know myself.

The One who gave a little missionary dreamer girl a life filled with footpaths of unchartered discoveries.

Thankful for my friend, Lisa-Jo, 
who dreamed up this Five Minute Friday thing 
and somehow gave birth to this beautiful community 
of brave, artistic souls who breathe life 
into unedited, unrestricted words in just 5 minutes. 
I am thrilled, delighted, honored, overjoyed 
to be one part of this space. 
It is so special to me!


Shari Miller said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your writing style. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Glad God's got it under control!

Jennifer Camp said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Lindsey, you make me smile!  Yes, girl, your faith and hope shines. And you bless me here, sharing glimpses of the beautiful, heart-stretching journey He has you on.  Can't even imagine . . . Bless you, friend.

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Shari...I cannot tell you how your words were just what I needed to hear today. Thank you for being His instrument to me! And thank you for stopping by here today!

lindseyfoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, friend! Your heartfelt words ALWAYS pour healing into my soul! You are SUCH a blessing!

soulstops said... Best Blogger Tips

Joining you in looking up at the sky in amazement at the sounds like you are following Him and the path He has you on with excitement and adaptability. Blessings, Lindsey :)

Linda Stoll said... Best Blogger Tips


Us 'logical, no-nonsense planners' reel just a bit when His plans are different than ours!

Lenae | Lime Tree City said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the bit about smiling up at the sky, too :)  I've been thinking about this a lot lately, how the reality of God's plan for our lives looks, laid like a a vellum paper over all our expectations.  What a gift it is when one can survey the scene and know His path for us is best!

Ms. Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

God has such a sense of humor. I often think if throws us curves in OUR paths (which are really his straight and narrow)... I don't know how many times I knew I was on the "straight and narrow" and got thrown for a loop... Ha! Wonderful post. 

Jenn said... Best Blogger Tips

Me too friend. It's funny looking back at what I thought then and what I know now. How sure I was that certain paths would look a certain way. I'm constantly surprise by the path I"m on and while it's not quite what I though it would look like, its so much better.

Corine said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a beautiful post! And I'll have you know your life seems SO AMAZING it is difficult to imagine you not doing cartwheels over it! :o

This got me thinking... How common it is to desire a NEW and UNIQUE experiences; yet once  we experience something fully - it becomes old and common TO US and looses it's feeling of "uniqueness."  :o He who lives in the present with overflowing gratitude is a most wise and happy soul! :)

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