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A Wrinkle in My Spirit
7/29/2008 3:07:26 AM
A choice settled with a surprising outcome.

I was awake this morning at 4:00 a.m., wrestling with a decision that has kept me on a yo-yo for a week now. A rare opportunity presented itself to me in the form of a log house on a mountaintop.  I could have it.  It would take a little doing, but we could afford it.  My husband, saint that he is, will do his darndest to give me anything my heart desires.  And my heart ached for that mountain top.  It was what I had always dreamed of.

But it wasn't that simple.  A move at this particular time had not been in our plans.  It would create a number of stressors that we don't need right now.  But oh, the view from the top of that mountain is a little piece of heaven.  I want it.  I want it now!

I have asked God to tell me what to do, and He has been strangely silent.

I went back to bed at about 5:30 with my questions still raging around in my head.  Two choices, each of them appealing, but with a different set of consequences that could have been good--or not.  Since I don't have a crystal ball and God didn't seem to be awake, I flopped around in the sheets for awhile, unable to find a comfortable position.

I had a wrinkle in my spirit.  You know what I am talking about?  An uncomfortable sense that something was out of order but I wasn't sure just what--or how to fix it--of if I even should.

I finally fell asleep, much to my husband's delight since he found it difficult to sleep with me tossing and turning all over the place.

I woke up again at 6:30 and I knew--I just knew--the answer to my  questions.  Not only did I know, but I was satisfied. 

Heaven can wait.  I have work to do now and that mountain-top retreat is just not in the plan.  Not now.

And I am fine with that.  That is the mystery.  I gave up a dream and am happier for it. 

Psalm 37:4 says: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

When He gives us a desire,(for a mountain-top retreat)  He wraps it up in peace. (uh-oh) When there is no peace, the answer is clear--it is not for us--or it is not for us right now. 

Well, there is still time.  The auction isn't until August 23. :-)

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More Blogs by Linda Settles
• Redeeming Our Treasures One Day at a Time - Saturday, December 06, 2008
• Redemption... - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Redeeming Our Love for Christ - Thursday, October 02, 2008
• Holidays Can Be Trouble... - Sunday, September 28, 2008
• Dancing Daffodils - Thursday, September 25, 2008
• Assessing the Strengths of A Recovering Sexual Abuse Survivor - Saturday, September 20, 2008
• Good News for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse - Friday, September 19, 2008
• My Trials Had to Stand for Something... - Saturday, August 30, 2008
• Renounce Negativity! - Thursday, August 28, 2008
• Antiseptic Grace - Monday, August 25, 2008
• A Safe Harbor - Sunday, August 24, 2008
• Honor-it is not what you think! - Saturday, August 23, 2008
• Break My Heart... - Saturday, August 23, 2008
• Letting go - Monday, August 11, 2008
• I'm Stepping - Saturday, August 09, 2008
• God Help Our Youth! - Tuesday, August 05, 2008
• Don't tell your children what to think! - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• On top of the mountain - Wednesday, July 30, 2008
•  A Wrinkle in My Spirit - Tuesday, July 29, 2008  
• Let us stand firm in our faith... - Sunday, July 27, 2008
• From Where I Stand - Wednesday, July 23, 2008
• WOW! What a Show! - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• When I Can't See - Friday, July 11, 2008
• Its Not Just Me - Tuesday, July 08, 2008
• Complications.... - Monday, June 23, 2008

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