How does one wrap their head around something? I’ve heard and pondered this phrase a lot recently. During this season of chemotherapy for Luke and my own continual personal journey with The Lord and career path, some days I just find my head rolling around.
You can’t literally have your head wrapped around something, however something can be wrapped around your head. For example, a mummy. Driving home from a doctor appointment with Luke I said I felt like a mummy, but with only a tiny piece of “cloth” is wrapped around my head.
But as I write, I think for myself it might be the opposite. I think for myself I have been a mummy and the wrapping is coming off slowly. The hint of a start happening in China. Being back in “America” (as the Chinese students always called it, not “United States”) for almost a year and half has rocked my world in many, many ways. Being rocked and unwrapped is possibly the reason why I haven’t written on our blog. I didn’t know what to say, because I didn’t necessarily know what was happening.
In a sermon from our home church, our pastor said we need to know the reality of life and that reality is knowing God. Believing, trusting and relying on God for your everyday needs is the reality of life. So when you go on a vacation, it is still reality, just in a different place. When we lived in China for two years, it was reality. When we came home and Luke worked full time and I part time, it was still the reality of knowing God. God was and continues to wake up my mummy of expected life to revealing what His will is which comes in the real things that occur for me and my marriage everyday.
Allowing God’s reality for my life has unwrapped the mummy and I’ve become more alive in this world. The mummy analogy is a very new one, but growing up and even to this day, I would say I lived in a bubble. It wasn’t my parents that kept me from experiences and I was not sheltered, but I was not aware of “the outside world.” Revisiting this idea with my dear husband, he drew a picture to help with his understanding.
Jesus tells his disciples in John 15:19, “you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” Then in 17:11,15,16 Jesus prays to the Father for the chosen, “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world… My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
The drawing and scripture combined, you can see that I feel more free, believing I can be in the world, but also that I am not of it. God has a plan for each one of us; that plan may not always be the same thing as we see it, but His plan is to keep, those who trust in Him, on course to eternity to reveal His glory along the way.
Are you still a mummy wrapped up in your own world or are you allowing God to unravel your life to see His beauty in this world and beyond?