Looking Inward or Outward?

Last week as I tried to quiet my thoughts and drift off to sleep, this question popped into my head: 

Are you on the inside looking out? 


Are you on the outside looking in? 

After almost three years on graveyards, I was about to re-enter what some of my friends call, "the real world". Yes, I was moving to a Monday thru Friday, forty hours a week day job. The transfer happened quick and took me into a direction I really didn't think I would ever go. 

As I began to share the news with those I had worked with for so long I received mixed reactions. I wondered how many I would actually see again. How many would really truely and honestly stay in touch. I even thought what did I get myself into? 

At times I find myself inside the box where it is familiar. I find myself surrounded by things that for the most part remain constant and unchanging. From inside the box I also see outward where there are opportunities that await.

At times I find myself outside the box where it can be a little scary yet exciting. As I look inward I know and realize that I may or may not be a part of what is familiar. The people and things in my life may or may not be there in the familiar sense as life continues on while we make changes and grow. Sometimes people grow and change with us and sometimes we part ways. 

Fear can be present whether we are looking in or out of a situation or change of any sort. In Isaiah 41:13 we read "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."

I am happy to say that since starting in my new position I have not second guessed my decision to make a change. It has been and will continue to be a blessed opportunity embraced. I know that whatever my view, God is going to be by my side. I just have to continue to trust and have faith. 

As you may reflect on the question whether or not you are looking inward or outward, I encourage you to embrace it all. Each view has something to teach us and becomes a stone along life's path. Anything can happen with God by our side, the possibilities are endless!

Dear God, thank you for the familiar and the not so familiar. Please help us to remember that you are there to help and guide us. In your name, Amen.

April Schauer

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