This lovely moth was seen at Pinson Mounds State Park near Jackson, TN. I took the photo with my Nikon Coolpix camera. This small, noiseless creature reminds me of God’s grace and peace. The moth goes where the wind blows, with no thought or worry about how long it will live, or where. It is guided by the hand of God. Scripture says not a sparrow falls from a tree without God’s notice. It also says the He has numbered the very hairs of our head. God takes care of all of the wildflowers, and trees, and takes note of each one that falls or dies. Matthew 6:26-30 tells us that God cares so much more for us than the birds of the air or the flowers of the field. Read Psalm 139 to see how much God loves you, then read John 3:16,17. No one could possibly love you more than God. After all, He created you–on purpose. Jeremiah 11:29.
To me, OMG stands for Oh, My Goodness!. My husband and I became full-time RV’ers seventeen years ago. We had a tw0-weekend yard sale, packed up the stuff we wanted to keep for later years to give to the kids in boxes, and took it to a relative’s house. We are at that house now, opening boxes that have been in a storage shed, going through things, and throwing much of it away.
But then there are those treasures. You know, the photographs you never wrote on the back of, but they bring back fond memories. There is a box with the set of dishes my my parents got for me to take to business school (44 years ago). There are handmade curtains I can no longer use, afghans I had made, gifts that had been given to us, keepsakes from long ago travels.
Memory Lane is such a sweet place. I love my life now but reading back over signatures from my JUNIOR HIGH autograph pages, and my senior memories book and yearbook bring tears of joy as I look back in time. Not all of my school days were happy ones; in fact many were not, but they helped mold and make me who and what I am today. I am grateful and wistful. Some things are wonderful, sweet memories, and others are reminders that I’m glad to be the age I am now.
If you are one of those many people who have been bullied in school, take heart. It’s tough; it’s cruel; but it is training ground for who you want to be. It isn’t easy to ignore the hurts and frustrations, but please, for your own sake, do try. Ignore the taunting. Ten years from now they won’t remember why they picked on you. The bullies will have moved away, or you will, and life will go on, and you will have grown more confident and bolder from the experience. You will learn where your strengths are and they will guide you to fulfillment. My favorite phrase in the Bible is “it came to pass,” because that means it didn’t come to stay. Life is a journey with valleys and mountains, sunshine and rain. We need them all. Keep pressing forward. Never give up your dreams. You’ll be glad you did some day. I know from experience.