As I watch snippets of the Christmas classic, I wonder at the lengths it took for George Bailey to see that he had a wonderful life. But then again, I am not so different than him.
I returned earlier this evening from a memorial service for someone who knew her life was wonderful. It ended far earlier than she would have chosen. It was a wonderful life and no one had to remind her of that truth. She knew it. She longed to keep it and hold it close and never let go. But the plan for her life was different. There is a husband with the biggest hole in his heart imaginable. There are 3 children who will never have there mother back to live their big and small moments with. It was a wonderful life and she lived it to the full until it was done.
I get George Bailey. All kinds of dreams to travel the world and do and be someone. So many dreams. So much vision. And yet the life he was supposed to live was in Bedford Falls all along. It wasn’t always easy and it got really hard. He wondered what he might have been and where he could have gone, especially when the worst came. He even came to the point of despair… It’s easy to understand.
I live in Bedford Falls. I get it that life is meant to be here… sometimes… but too much of the time I long for more. I wish for more excitement. I wonder what it would be like to live in ________ or be doing _________. Why is what I have and where I am rarely enough? I want this life to be a wonderful life every moment.
It is the big things that make life clear for us. Losing a loved one, the birth of a child, marrying your soulmate. But it is in the little moments that we savor what we have. We look past the imperfect and lay hold of what we know in our hearts we could lose at any moment. We need to live the little moments with as great a clarity as the big ones.
Easier said than done I know.
It was said of Debbie (the mother, wife, daughter and friend now in heaven) that she had a verse for everything. This one comes to mind:
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.” Ecclesiastes 7: 14
We know nothing of what will come our way. Our prosperity is with us most of our days if we have the eyes to see it. Joy should be our portion. When the hard days of adversity come, do we consider? We know nothing of what will come. We must savor. We must live life in joy and consider, trust, hope when adversity comes.
…Always knowing if we are living life with Him, it is a wonderful life.