Trust His Heart

The littlest one kept pulling on my finger and whining, pointing up to where his cousins were playing in the “rocket ship” at the fast food playground. He wanted me to “beam him up”, I guess. I kept trying to show him the steps and help him understand that he would have to go up that way, but to no avail.
His cousin tried to get him to climb the stairs …still no success. Things escalated until we had an out-and-out crying fit. I held him until he decided to settle down. Finally she managed to get him to go up one step and then another until he made it to the top!
Granted….those steps were crazy off-set things that wouldn’t make sense to most toddlers. You certainly couldn’t see the top or the goal at the end. No wonder he had no intention of climbing those things when he had no idea that they would take him where he wanted to go!
I thought at the time how this was so very much like our walk with God. We want to attain some goal in life–or have ideas about how our life should go– and we think that by yanking on God’s finger and pointing and whining that He is going to make it magically happen. When he shows us the first step and it doesn’t make any sense to us, we back away…and whine louder!
If we could only let go of our own plans and designs and ideas of how WE are going to make things happen. If we could only trust that our Savior knows the path—however convoluted it may seem!
I am reminded of this song by Babbie Mason

Trust His Heart
By: Babbie Mason
All things work for our good
Though sometimes we can’t see how they could
Struggles that break our hearts in two
Sometimes blind us to the truth
Our Father knows what’s best for us
His ways are not our own
So when your pathway grows dim
And you just can’t see Him,
Remember you’re never alone
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God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His hand
Trust His Heart
~~~
He sees the master plan
He holds the future in His hand,
So don’t live as those who have no hope,
While our hope is found in Him
We see the present clearly
But He sees the first and last
And like a tapestry He’s weaving you and me,
To someday be just like Him
~~~
He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you
~~~
When you don’t understand
When you don’t see his plan
When you can’t trace his hand
Trust His Heart
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Take hold of God’s hand today and let Him lead you in HIS way. Trust His heart!

New Horizons

Hello blogging world! Starting a blog is something that I’ve tossed around for a long time. I have finally taken the plunge and we’ll see how this goes!
First — a little bit about myself: After 22+ years of home-schooling, I have officially “retired”! 🙂 Our brood consists of 4 daughters, 1 son and a newly added son-in-law. (I’m sure I’ll be adding plenty of photos of them as soon as I figure out how!)
My interests are varied: gardening, music, crafting and herbs. I teach piano and baby-sit at home and most years I have a large garden and do a lot of canning.
I am hoping soon to learn to make soap. I have already dabbled in making lotion bars, ointments and sugar scrubs. It’s a dream of mine to eventually have a line of herbal salves, ointments and soaps to market.
Perhaps you are wondering how I chose the name “chicorydock” for my blog. Well–I’ll clue you in! 🙂 It is partly because of my interest in herbs and partly because I love chicory for it’s tenacity and beauty. The blue flowers are so delicate and yet the stems are wiry and the plant can grow almost anywhere– even in the gravel and salt along the edges of the roads where hardly anything else will grow. I guess it has become a symbol for me…a reminder that God can give us the strength to overcome our circumstances and can help us to thrive even in adversity.