Nothing is Forever

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So this past week when I walked into my new-to-me, neighborhood Albertsons, I was taken back immediately to this day in my life:

This Albertsons has the exact same floor plan as the store that I worked in when I was sixteen years old. Who knew when I was this “bag girl” so many years ago that I’d someday be a total grocery geek shopping to feed six kids and that I would become nostalgic over the layout of a grocery store?!

What was really trippy about the experience was that the shopping center had 80s music playing over the walkways. It was Wilson-Phillips from the same era as my earrings in that picture, singing that song, “Hold on” in which the listener is encouraged to persevere:

Don’t you know things can change, Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day,

Anyway, it took me back to when I was 16 and how things just didn’t seem to be the way I wanted them to be. I never envisioned this day as my answer. (Nor that I’d be gaining encouragement from an old chick band.) But, it is.

There are still things that I want to change (like the 50 boxes left to unpack), but things are going well, praise God.

There are moments when six kids all want something different and there’s a pot boiling over, and the doorbell’s ringing, and the dog’s barking….

We don’t actually have a dog, but you know, you have those Calgon days, too.

But, the morning was such a good reminder that these things don’t last forever. Neither the hard things, nor the beautiful ones. It’s good to hold on when things are tough, and it’s even better to savor them when they’re not.

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
— Ephesians 5:15&16

How will you enjoy the good things today?

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  1. We DO have the dog barking–two, in fact–a Westie/Poodle mix (yippy dog) and a protective German Shepherd. And I have the "50 unpacked boxes" in the basement after 3 moves in the past 2 years.
    I don't have six kids: just an almost 3yo and a 16-month-old (and another due in March).
    So I can somewhat relate.
    But it is important, as you say, to enjoy the good gifts God has given today. And not to wish it all away . . .

  2. I really appreciate your insight here. You're right. Nothing lasts forever, bad or good. I love to see evidence in your posts that God is central. When we abide in him, everyday moments (like a reminiscent walk through a grocery store) become a way for God to speak his truth to our hearts. I love love love that. Thank you 😉

  3. I have been in my house for 8 1/2 years and I still have unpacked boxes of the unknown in the attic.

    "Making the most of your time" – I really need to remember that more often! I am going to highlight those verses…

    We must be about the same age, as I had pretty much the same hairdo in high school!

  4. TED, I like what you say about not wishing it away.

    Kimberly, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad to hear that I've been an encouragement.

    Blondie, I'm 37 and counting.

  5. I am saying this in a nice way, "wow, you had some big hair!" 🙂 I did, too. And I'm from Philly so you can imagine that I fit right in with the other big-haired Philly and New Jersey girls. Nice post.