What Makes Life Lessons Important?
Life lessons are hard things to learn because we usually have to live through trauma to gain them. But once we learn the lesson, we hope to can keep them close to our heart, and actually remember them the next time.
Unfortunately, my short term memory was damaged in my horse wreck all those years ago and I often forget my most important life lessons! I really can blame brain damage!
MIA (Missing In Action)
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve missed posting for a few weeks again. This is because my world has been thrown into turmoil, again.
All because I forgot one of my most vital life lessons.
This summer I have been recovering from the trauma of leaving my home, family, friends, ranch, and life in Hotchkiss behind, to move to Cortez. I have been incredibly busy working full time, dashing home to irrigate, and sort of settle into the place I rented. In the process, I’ve fallen in love with being near my daughter and son-in-law, the area, and the people here.
The place I live has been a challenge. Ditches have not been maintained and I struggled to get water anywhere. But it is finally an emerald green oasis. And I love it. I come home to a little paradise of my animals, wildlife, great neighbors, and beautiful scenery.
This may sound crazy, but I love irrigating. The feeling of accomplishment you get when you walk through a pasture and watch the grass grow every day is amazing. And to have these two with me to entire way is so fun! It’s normal
for a dog to follow you up, around, over, and through the water, but a cat? Yes, a cat! He follows me the entire time and if I get too far ahead he starts meeeeooowwwing like crazy till I slow down and let him navigate his way to catch up! He’s a hoot!
As you can see life has been getting better and better.
But three weeks ago the rug got jerked out from under me and my newly constructed little world came tumbling down around my ears.
Lark, my roommate, told me she is moving back to Delta County. She has a glass art job and needs to be near her carving booth to complete it.
No roommate, no money to help pay the rent. I fell into panic mode! Big time!
I can handle the rent in the summer, but with winter looming near I know how much it takes to heat the house I’m living in and it scared me to death! But rather than stop and pray, I ran and called. I call it “Go to the Thrown, Not the Phone”. It is my most important life lesson.
But did I do that?
I called everyone I could think of asking if they knew of a new place to rent, or if they knew of anyone that was looking for a roommate. I found several places to move to, but none of them would allow horses. Several people knew people looking for roommates, but every one of them had found a place, “last night” or “last week”.
So what did I do?
Freaked out more.
I knew God provided this place. He literally led me to it and dropped it in my lap. I knew He would lead me to a better one if that was what I was meant to do. But with a Grand-baby coming in a month I couldn’t allow my personal drama to disrupt my daughter and son-in-law’s lives. So I quietly tried to work out my housing situation.
But you know what? I forgot the most important life lesson I’ve ever learned. I forgot to stop and pray. Oh sure, I did the little rapid fire surface prayers. But not the fasting, hit your knees, and really seek God, kind of prayers.
From years of surviving what life throws at me I’ve learned this is one of the most important life lessons of all. Stop and pray. Hard. Deep prayers. The kind that build trust. And patience. The kind where you heart hurts you are praying so hard.
Prayer that shows you realize how small, weak, and fragile you are. The kind that makes God sit up and say, “Well, finally! Well done my child. Give that problem to me and let me work it out for you.”
Finally I remembered my most important life lesson. Fasting, while seeking God with all my heart. It’s a beautiful place to be.
And I know God’s listening . . . and working.
Would you share with me your own important life lessons? I need them right now!
Thank you and God Bless you!