Today at nap time, Jonathan, asked me to read this book to him. I bought this book last year to really understand the theme of my work’s end-of-year recital, but had no idea the impact it would have on me. Last year was also the first time I had read this particular Dr. Suess book. As I read through the pages today and my son listened, I realized this book was describing my life -especially most recently.
You see, this book marches through a story of life: the things you encounter, experiences, trials, failures, unknowns, accomplishments, waiting, unexpected turns, new cities and sites, the unknown, and how you are capable of moving mountains!!! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed! As I lay on the bed next to Jonathan reading this silly book, I began reading it as if it was me facing and experiencing all those things. And then about halfway through, I realized that it WAS me! I saw how this character experienced just about every emotion, thought, and circumstance & was still climbing his way to higher heights. The greatest encouragement throughout the storyline was that life will take you many places. Some you will like and some you will not. But, you get to rise above it all and move mountains!!!
The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of change, ups, downs, unknown, joy and excitement, adventure, and even getting a house for the first time! I had no idea I’d be sitting in Redding, CA with no family or friends around, going to a new (very big) church, no real furniture (just beds pretty much), spotty cell service, and just my God, my hubby, boys, and me. It is humbling and awe inspiring at the same time.
When we made the decision to move down here, it was one of great excitement and enthusiasm and very, very quick!! Did I say quick? Because I meant superhero fast!!! The process had been one in thought for awhile but when we knocked on the doors at the end of July, they flung wide open and we jumped in! Before we knew it we were driving down the highway stopping every 30 minutes to tie down the tarps! Not kidding! It took us nearly 4 hours to get out of Washington!!! We would be lying if I said we didn’t have thoughts of “What did we get ourselves into!!” But, tarry on we did!
Now, here we are 9 days into living here and things are starting to take shape. The speed in which we came is not the speed in which we are unpacking. Our garage is still full of boxes both empty and full, the kids have their mattresses and toys and a great, big backyard, and our china hutch has some character now with a hole in the top where a piece of wood came off in the travel. We found the pots, pans, & coffee filters today so we can cook meals again and have coffee, and I unpacked 6-8 boxes of books unearthing a load of memories flooding my mind as I placed each one on the shelf. Each one is a story from someone’s heart & passion. From a simple kids book about the places you’ll go, to the Basics of Biblical Greek, to Harry Potter, to What to Expect When You’re Expecting -each book tells a story. Each one represents a different stage of life and holds a different spot in my heart. And today, I understood a new meaning to life as I lay there choking up next to my 4 year old who just wants to know what Hakken-kraks are. No matter what steps you take though they may seem a mistake or a success or a big royal mess, that is called living life! Some of us are surrounded by family and friends and some of us are on missions or are now hanging their clothes to dry because we couldn’t afford a dryer (thank you, Jesus for Redding heat!!) But all of it is your story. And a great story at that! No matter the fear or bumps or heights and great places, all of it is meant to be lived! You win some and you lose some and you don’t have to worry about doing it wrong -that’s part of living too! You can’t appreciate the good if there’s not opportunity for the not-so-good!
I don’t care what possessions I have, all I know is I am meant for great things! I am meant to experience it all. I am meant to learn and grow and be challenged and be humbled and to make life everything it is meant to be! I don’t have to wait for everything to fall into place or be just right. I don’t have to be a pastor to pastor or be a singer to sing! I can be me and that is perfectly enough!
be your name Buxbam or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!!!