I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Thursday, February 6, 2014

If you can't swim don't go near the water . . .

 By Jennie Atkins
 
If you can’t swim don’t go into the water. That was my over-protective father's mantra.  It made it hard growing up when I wanted to try something new—especially if that something new meant I could get hurt. 
 
I thought he was going to have a coronary when he found out I had gone out with some friends and tried to learn to ski. “Tried” being the operative word—by that time I was nearing twenty and after years of being under my father’s watchful eye, any coordination I had as a child had disappeared, and skiing proved to be a disaster!  (I'll share the story how I ran into a pine tree some other time--ouch!)
 
But I soon learned I could do other things.  I learned to sew, knit, and I understood computers.  Just because I couldn’t play ball, didn’t mean I was worthless. I realized then that God doesn’t make junk. He had a plan for my life that He chose just for me.  I never fit into any social mold, I was never in the “in” crowd, but I knew I was loved by God, my creator.  
 
Psalm 8:5 says He made me “a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him (me) with glory and honor.”  
 
How can it be any better than that?  As the Olympics begin, I can watch in envy as the skiers swoosh down the slopes with graceful ease, and the gymnasts vault across the floor with the agility and strength I never possessed.  But I’m a child of the King and he’s created me just the way he wanted me.
And with that—I am satisfied.
 
Your turn:  We did you want to be one thing, but God had other plans?
 

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful and so time-appropriate post, Jennie. Yes, you DO understand computers. I did learn skiing, met my former husband, am grateful for my sons. I wanted to learn to use a potter's wheel, can't do that kind of craft skillfully w/ my hands, but manage many others. I can write Non-fiction fairly successfully. Now it's in my heart to master fiction. I've won recognition for several unpublished pieces, but so much more to learn. The most important thing is to pray lots, listen carefully, and work hard. So thankful God is with us always.

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    1. Gods will is always perfect, as is his plan for our lives. Thanks, Dee

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  2. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a singer—like rock star. Yes, don't laugh. God didn't give me the personality or that degree of talent in singing, and that's okay. I love the life he's given me. An amazing husband, two energetic, fun sons, and the opportunity to walk out a long time dream of writing books.

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    1. Jeannie, live in gods dream and you'll succeed!

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  3. I would like to be more accomplished at the piano. I can peck away a bit, but wish I could still remember some of the pieces I learned in my youth. Anyway, at least I can enjoy, fumbling my way through some hymns.

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    1. I too wanted to learn to play the piano. I finally did and was able to play the keyboard in worship service! So keep trying!

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  4. Love this post, Jennie. I'm athletically-challenged as well. I have no desire to ski. However, I'd love to learn how to play the piano someday. I love singing, but I'm part of the joyful noise choir. :)

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    1. One day you'll learn, I'm sure of it!

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  5. While I'm not athletically challenged, I have always wanted to sing. But God saw fit to give me Barney Fife's voice. lol. So I enthusiastically mouth the words to hymns in church.

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