I just love the variety that has come into my life over the years – the places we’ve lived – the people we’ve met – the things we’ve done.
OK – so I appreciate that there are people out there who prefer the ‘predictable’ – the sameness – of staying in one place – with the same circle of people – and – that’s OK.
But – for me – as the saying goes – ‘Variety is the spice of life’
I hadn’t anticipated so much variety or change – having married a man who ran his own business ( built up by his father ) – it seemed that he would carry on the ‘tradition’ – expand the business and pass it on to his own sons.
I’m so glad that God had other plans for us!
I guess He knew my heart – the desires within me. He knew them possibly long before I did!
It’s interesting how changes began in a small way – looking after 8 children ( plus our own ) in a small ‘family’ children’s home – later moving to a larger house and having a variety of needy people to live with us – to then working for a large Christian charity and going overseas.
Changes – variety – that were not even on our horizons!
Places and people that have brought such richness to our lives.
We knew in our hearts that God had called us to ‘go where He asked us to go’ and ‘do what He asked us to do’ – to learn to listen for His voice and seek to obey that voice and to be ready to move when He asked us to move – ( 13 moves and a variety of places both here and abroad – so far! )
I’ve loved some of the places we’ve lived – found others difficult – struggled in some situations – delighted in others. Made many friendships – said many ‘goodbyes’ – but – I never regret a moment.
I continually thank God – that not only has He brought variety into my life – with people and places – but that He Himself – is a God of variety!
He constantly surprises me! – I think I know Him – when He shows me another aspect of Himself – more of His character – more of His concerns – His desires – His heart.
He’s not a ‘dead’ God -He’s vibrating with life – overflowing with love – joy – compassion – and – always allowing me to walk with Him – in a life full of variety and vitality!