This summer we flutter like monarchs. We flutter between three cities, two houses, steady jobs; we flutter between small and large, downtown and no-town, concrete and pine trees.
We use the Shoebox as a sort of home base, our haven of normalcy. Caveman’s been working in a town a couple hours away from our home, so to maximize time with him we stay with my parents during the week. Grandma and Grandpa are, of course, thrilled to have the boys around, filling the house with their pitter-pattering feet and boy noises. I am grateful to spend so much time in a beautiful area that I love, tucked quietly away in the Rocky Mountains.
It feels like so much of life right now is uncertain—up in the air— since we’re traveling so much and Caveman’s job is temporary. We don’t know what life or income will look like in September or next year. It could be unnerving, this unknowing. Sometimes it is. Most of the time it’s not. No, if anything it is freeing to see circumstances as fragile as they truly are.
After all, nothing in life is as certain as it seems. Seemingly steady jobs can be lost in a moment. Apparent health can diminish in one 45 minute appointment. Two strips on a white plastic strip can in an instant change a life and widen a heart forever. Anything in life can change in a split-second; it is an interesting shift to be so aware of life’s fluidity. I feel perpetually poised to discover whatever changes come next—whether in the form of obvious blessing or hardship. (Naturally I would prefer the first option.)
I guess a Monarch butterfly would have to take each flight as it comes too. After all, they have no way of knowing what is ahead as they begin migration. They journey in faith and figure it out when they arrive. They flitter their wings between rich pastel blossoms and move forward and probably see everything as a gift.
So we flutter. And we enjoy the view each new day brings and the overall change of pace for now. We give thanks for each paycheck and each day of health. We do our best to enjoy the richness of blessings all around us every moment. We move forward in faith, waiting, trusting, knowing that wherever we end up, we will still be in the grasp of the One who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17 NIV