I’ve been called Aim, Ames, Aimsie, Aimer, Amy Sue (yes, my middle name), and four-eyes when I was younger (got glasses in 3rd grade), and I know the words to the great song ‘Aimee’ by Pure Prairie League.
This younger photo is from the 5th grade, with the then “new” advancement of the lenses changing darker shades in the sun, called “Transitions.” But in the 7th grade, coming back into science class after a fire drill outside, the teacher told me to take off my sunglasses. I said I couldn’t; they were my glasses. All the kids laughed and I was so embarrassed.
The teenager years were rough. “Transition” years. Don’t we wish we could look back and tell our younger self: “Hang on, it’s just a short season, it will get so much better.” Because we know the future photos (and contacts come and Lasik).
I think it’s like faith. And now, as an adult, when I’m in a season of “transition,” I think God looks down and tells me “Hang on, it’s just a short season, I’ve got this, it will get so much better.”
He sees; he has the future lens. So I just keep trying to develop a faith lens. When I’m in transition, I find the spiritual presence all around. We just have to look.
Like the song, “Aimee….What you want to do…I think, I can stay with you for awhile maybe longer if I do…” Yes, He is there. That’s a relationship that will lift you without even asking, because He just knows. And when you turn towards faith, it will always get so much better.
A great read and reminder. To be aware of His presence in all activities, to be aware of how deeply He loves each of us is something I strive to get better at recognizing in everyday activities. As I transition from work to home, I say prayers for people I see – walking the halls at work to and from meetings, I pray for co-workers I know well and those who I have yet to meet. To recognize His love for us through all of life’s trials and tribulations is what I strive for each and every moment of the day. I want to always continue to grow and strengthen my spiritual muscle so I am able to be His hands and feet in this community, city, state, country and world. Finding God’s love for us in everyday things – and recognizing that all-powerful love through the cross is especially powerful this Easter week.
“You don’t go to God because He’s useful, you go because He’s beautiful. And nothing is more useful than finding God beautiful.” Timothy Keller
Thank you Carla! I appreciate your thoughts and examples of how you turn towards the beauty of the everyday cross. – Amy
I love this analogy and the picture!! It is sometimes hard, but it is so important to have faith that God knows where our path is leading. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Pam reading and your comment! – Amy
Thank you Carla, for the Timothy Keller quote . I will carry that in my heart today
Thank you Ann! It is a beautiful quote!