I have this habit of wanting clear explanations for things when they don’t work out. The problem with that mindset is that often times there are no explanations.
It just is.
And that is the hardest reality for me to accept because it reminds me that I have little control over what happens to me. Or to those I love and care about. Or to anyone for that matter.
It just is.
Tolkien knew this well:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Oh, that I could have this perspective in the moment. No, rather, I allow myself to be drawn into the drama of not seeing things for as they are, but wishing they were otherwise, tantrums and all.
And it gets worse.
When the reality of the situation is exacerbated by my reaction to it. Like icing on the cake. Perhaps this is God’s way of showing me the old self I must learn to leave behind before I am finished here. The little me.
Until then, I am tethered to him like conjoined twins. Where he goes, I go. Where I go, he goes.
What a lovely pair we make.