But in my life remain 3 Constants, my 3 C’s: Christ, “C” (hubby), & Clyde. The Lord will never leave me, and (so far) “C” hasn’t. As for Clyde the camel, he’s a cute-but-cracked sculpture I hold onto because, well, we’ve had him this long…
Everybody leaves. I guess this is why I gravitate to schmaltzy romance movies: the relationship labyrinth leads to an arduous struggle, which—in the final 8 minutes—ends in happily-ever-after.
In real life, however, the labyrinth seems to land me upside-down. It started with my father; then my step-father; eventually my mother, boyfriends, neighbors, siblings, church friends, and finally the kids: the hurt just keeps coming. And, dang it if I don’t shed crocodile tears every… single… time.
However, regarding all this loss, my God provides perspective. Yeah, yeah, you guessed it: Job. But let’s cut to the chase and jump to the last chapter:
—– “Then Job answered the Lord and said,
—– “I know that You can do all things,
—– And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
—– ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
—– Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
—– Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
—– ‘Hear, now, and I will speak;
—– I will ask You, and You instruct me.’
—– “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
—– But now my eye sees You;
—– Therefore I retract,
—– And I repent in dust and ashes.”
So, there we land. Life Happens. What’re ya gonna do about it—not much. Crocodile tears are OK for a short season, but after that it really boils down to idolatry. But with my 3 C’s, my 3 Constants–Christ, “C”, and Clyde, my friends who stick closer than a brother, I’ll find a way to guard my heart, and be like Job, and “retract.”
How about I tie up this post with another good quote: “Life is like a CAMERA… FOCUS on what’s important, CAPTURE the good times, DEVELOP from the negatives, And if things don’t work out, TAKE ANOTHER SHOT.”