Forest Gump was right. Life IS like a box of chocolates. You never know…but God does. He ordains the steps you take when you start young, when you think you have life, marriage and parenting all figured out–when you’re on top of the world. For us it happened when our oldest was about 3.
The hard times hadn’t come yet. The stresses and strains, the moaning pains that come with life. Hard adoption labor, illness, a lost job, a hospital stay, anger, hormone craziness, tough people to get a long with; sometimes it’s you, sometimes it’s your spouse. Sometimes it’s your children or your extended family.
And things don’t go as planned and you learn that even though you took your best guess and though you were getting a ooey gooey caramel and nut candy, you took a bite and realized it was orange cream instead—-YUCK!
You didn’t want orange cream! You DON’T like orange cream!
But you eat it anyway, and you learn to be content and do I dare say thankful for the orange cream?
Because God takes the orange cream and melts it in your mouth for a while and you realize not only was it good, maybe, just maybe it was even better than the other because God had his way. His dream succeeded , where your dream would have failed.
You look around 21 years later and realize that life is GOOD! Even better than your young dreams. That in spite of the shortcomings, you have a husband that loves you with the deep soul love that only time together can build…and you have it for him as well.
The children, though imperfect, are being molded to God’s glory.
And somehow you rejoice for the orange cream.
You rejoice that God took that orange cream and made it taste better than the nutty caramel you only thought you wanted,
And you know that whatever comes your way, life is good
And orange cream may be your favorite chocolate after all…
Shane says it has always been a favorite of his…I knew he was strange when I married him, lol!
Shane and Christy
BTW, today is our 21st wedding anniversary and my heart is FULL! It seems like yesterday, and orange cream is not only good it’s exceptional!
We’re linking up for the first time with Kate over at Five Minute Friday. The rules are simple. Write for 5 minutes on her one word prompt; no edits, just writing. Link up and comment on the persons blog before you.