The past few days have been ones full of activity at our usually quiet home. My husband’s great niece is a star pitcher for her high school softball team, and she was in Coeur d’Alene for playoff games.
Instead of cooperating with the sporting schedule, however, Mother Nature chose to dump buckets of rain in our neck of the woods. The first day, games were cancelled. The next option was single-game eliminations.
So, instead of meeting in the bleachers, grandparents, great aunts and uncles, the star-athlete’s mama, uncle and cousin congregated at our house. It was great fun, and I wouldn’t trade the chaos of the past couple days, but it meant I had little time to write.
Some brief thoughts about unique design and thought-provoking insights about comparison seemed the perfect solution for today’s Listening on the Journey… blog post.
Also, this previously used photo and quote from Saint Thérèse of Lisieux fits. Thérèse (1873-1897), was a French Catholic Discalced Carmelite nun, often referred to as “The Little Flower of Jesus.”
The psalmist declared,
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous [sic] are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (Psalm 139:14 KJV)
Even as flowers have been created with distinct characteristics and designed to bloom during unique seasons, so, I believe, God has designed each of us. Ron’s grand niece has been gifted with physical strength, athletic prowess and vision better than perfect 20:20. Others are blessed with
great sense of musical pitch,
an eye for artistic color and design,
interest and ability to whip up a beautifully presented, scrumptious meal, or
aptitude to string together active verbs and colorful adjectives to craft a poignant
Some gifts are obvious; others are more subtle—perhaps even more powerful—gifts of a merciful heart, gracious spirit, methodical thought processing or discerning mind.
Instead of praising God for the way in which we are “fearfully and wonderfully made…” why do we instead compare our abilities, appearance or status to those of others? Comparison is a malady of the human condition—one the enemy of our souls uses quite effectively. While I imagine this has been the case throughout humankinds’ history, I believe it may be more prevalent than ever during the 21st Century social media culture in which God has chosen to place you and me.
In order to avoid destructive comparisons that undoubtedly grieve the heart of the One who strategized our blueprints, we must be deliberate. We must recognize our design is God’s idea, intended for “such a time as this.”
In conclusion, I will leave you with this quote:
“Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.” Anonymous
Blessings as you shine brightly on your unique journey…
P.S. I just learned The Bishop Kelly Knights (Boise) won the State Girls Softball Championship. Our family is celebrating the accomplishment of the team and especially the Knights’ very talented pitcher, Riley (forefront).