A thousand shades of green

I’ve heard many say they’ve never been so busy as when they retire. I thought this journey would be filled with endless hours of contemplation and even loneliness.  I had one person tell me I was going to be so bored I would be back working before long and glad of it. Not true!

I honestly think if I took one of  those DNA tests that are offered today, I would find Gypsy in my bloodline. I’m loving life. I also thought after a couple of weeks of living in my van I would begin to feel closed in. Quite the contrary, I have wheels on my turtle shell and I feel freer than I ever have.

We’re all different. God didn’t do anything twice. No two flowers are exactly the same as are no two colors. I live in Oregon and everything is green. But not just green, a thousand shades of green.

I went to a free concert in the park last night. There were thousands of people there, thousands. At one point I walked through the crowd looking for familiar faces. I didn’t see one! But what I did see on many faces was discontent.

We live in a society that promotes sameness, and that goes against what God created us to be. When He made me I was different than anyone else. But I’ve spent my life trying to  “fit in” and be acceptable to whatever standard I hold myself. Do I want to be like others around me, or like the models in the magazines? What is my standard? And how short do I fall of meeting it?

We set ourselves up for failure by not simply being ourselves. That’s what I’m seeing today. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by a creator that has never made a mistake. How glorious is that!





Author: Pam

I'm finding contentment in all things. Whether in abundance or want, eternal matters are unchanged and that's comforting. I'm closer to the end of the road than the beginning, and what a bumpy road it's been. It took me a while to find joy in the journey, but find me He did. His name is Jesus. 😊

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