My favorite part of the day was sitting with my children fresh from an evening run to “play.” My oldest asked me how I wanted to make the train track. He, of course, actually put the pieces together. Sometimes, he would correct me,tell me I could not use the piece I asked him to put down or face it the way I wanted it to face because the remaining pieces of the train track would cause the train to run into a wall or a bed or a person.
Then, I spent my remaining time sifting through what seemed like hundreds of Thomas the train minis (actually number – 52) to see if I could line them up in the correct categories. I had nothing to lose or win. I had already decided to take the Sabbath off from anything blog related, which clears up a humongous amount of time.
I thought about what I may write in my conversation with God today. I got lost. So much has happened that I do not know where to begin. My first blog for the Love of People will happen soon about my natural hair journey. I have learned even more about budgeting, saving, and couponing. The school year is looming, and the removal of my free time is petrifying to say the least. And I posted a photo where I had abs that I have never seen. I wondered how exercise fit into the picture. I was asked to write a weekly blog for an author, and while, I did not know all the details, I knew what writing for her and a natural hair care line could be HUGE…bigger than HUGE.
During my run earlier in the day, I told God, the pieces did not fit. I needed direction. I knew I was called to write but the people who cared about my natural hair did not care about my fitness journey. And the people who wanted to know my fitness secrets DID NOT want to know about my minimalist lifestyle. My Christian community of moms and wives may or may not had any interest in any of the above. Who did You want me to reach?
And He smiled, and He said, “Yes.”
“Yes what, God. Yes what? You did not answer the question.”
“Absolutely,” He responded.
The He grew silent despite my demands for an explanation. My mind raced. I did not get it. There were all these parts of me that appeal to different types of people, and I have been told over and over to find my niche – to do what makes me passionate.
But I loved it all. I loved finding an amazing freebie, seeing the results of consistent exercise even on an Orlando vacation. I loved decluttering and minimizing. I could not write about ALL OF THEM. So many pieces to a puzzle that did not flow.
The pieces of me did not fit. They did not make a picture without being forced.
Then I heard the words of my husband at the dinner table. “We are minimalists,” he said.
Not you…WE. I questioned to ensure he meant to say what he accidentally said, to ensure I heard him correctly, and he confirmed that we are minimalists.
We are cleaning out corners and cutting back. We are getting rid of what we do not need. WE.
And God smiled again, “Your pieces are not about you, Brittany. You pieces are about we.”
He continued, “What I need people to see are the pieces – ALL OF YOUR PIECES. You have people who look forward to hearing from you. They need to hear from you…as you…with all of your forced together pieces.
“We are on this journey. Not just you. We. Think of your oldest and his Thomas the train minis. All different categories and colors…52 completely different parts of one complete set.
“Even better, think of you creating whatever track your heart decided. You could use small tracks, big tracks, curved tracks, or straight tracks. Your only instruction came when you were about to run into an object that would impede progress for the entire operation.
“That’s who I am. I am your oldest child. I have given you the pieces of all shapes and sizes to make a masterpiece. I do not care how you use them. I will only bother you to keep you from running into walls or people. I just need you to use all the pieces.
“Let Me worry about putting them together.”
What are some pieces God has helped you put together? I’d love to hear your feedback.
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