When my husband and I were hiking this fall we cut through a local boys camp which was quiet and unoccupied. Students were back in school and counselors back at their year round jobs.
We hiked along the river and in a few minutes to our left I saw this bridge crossing the river. I walked over to read the sign across the top of the beam which read, “T.E. CROSSING”, as you can see from my photo.
We knew a little about this camp but not enough to figure out what the abbreviation meant nor where the path led. So in my little brain I started to make up some possibilities. T.E…let’s see… Tough Emotions, Tacos Everywhere…Tortellini Escargot…Tempter Eve. This is how my brain work, trying to make sense of something by guessing or filling in the blanks or ascribing a truth to an unknown I want to get a ‘handle on’ an uncomfortable riddle. I do this way too often in circumstances which are out of my control, in relationships which are damaged and when I feel insecure and lost. What I am practicing is: waiting with trust, watching with hope and taking one day at a time to love and serve others. Wish me good luck!
Questions to Consider:
- How about you…how do you handle the unknown, especially when it leaves you ‘out of control’?
- What new behaviors could you experiment with to keep your serenity?
- Who’s walking this journey alongside of you? If no one who could you invite?