Life’s marked by multiple choices, which I loved on tests, but not so much in life. In tests it gave me a shot at guessing, narrowing down to the most likely option. Then, I’d take a leap of faith, hang my hopes on C, and pray it stood for correct. The worst options however, were D “all of the above” or “none of the above.” It felt like a trick to see if I really knew the answer, which I probably didn’t.
Life’s riddled with puzzlers, complicated by all or none of the above with a whole lot of mystery in between. Recently, I read a sociologist’s observation that a fair number of us are languishing. Somewhere between depression and flourishing is the state of languishing. To languish is to feel numb, lack motivation, feel stuck in place, a bit lost. If this were a multiple choice test, I’d check “all of the above.”
Why? Well, during this pandemic I’ve experienced the whole gamut. I’ve gone from the pits of despair, like a tile in a shop read, “Well, apparently rock bottom has a basement.” (I bought it!) But I’m learning that below the basement is the net of God’s love and care.
However, on the other end there’s joy, hope, and fresh appreciation for moments, stillness within and without to feed times of flourishing. Some days I felt like a walking psalm, swinging from lamentations and complaints to songs of love and praise to God for sticking around. I’d have given up on me.
This morning I read part of Psalm 77 in the One Year Book of Psalms by Bill and Randy Petersen. Verse 19, referring to God’s parting of the Red Sea for the children of Israel says, “God made a pathway no one knew was there!”(New Living Translation) The authors added,” So if you think God has abandoned you, keep looking down. God may be constructing a pathway that you can’t even see yet. “
I choose P for Pathway.
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