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Last week Charles and I joined a new fitness center in our community. Management at the new location offers a special program for seniors that our health insurance provider pays for, so why not take advantage of this freebie—and keep ourselves in shape?

At first I was sad to leave the former gym because we’d made many friends there over the years and enjoyed the routine we’d established. But hey, if we can save almost $100 a month it seemed worth it to make the move.

After several visits I realize I like the new better than the old. There is more equipment and more classes to choose from and even a special room for women only. The locker rooms are clean and the exercise floors swept and tidy. And I’ve met some lovely people already. What’s not to like?

As I look back over my life it seems there was always something better ahead with each move I made. The new changes don’t invalidate the old choices. They simply indicate growth and insight.

For example, eight years ago my husband and I moved from San Diego to Watsonville on the Central Coast of California to be closer to our youngest daughter and her family. My knees shook when I walked into our new home. I loved the floor plan when I walked through the ‘model.’ But now the rooms seemed small and the yard too big. I worried that we’d made the biggest mistake of our lives leaving our lovely condo across from the San Diego Bay.

After placing our furniture and belongings, however, I relaxed. This was our new home and we would love it. I just had to give myself some time. Sure enough. Within a few weeks I made friends with our neighbors, found a knitting group, a church where we felt comfortable, and I joined a hiking club. Whew!

There are good people everywhere, I told myself. I’m a good person. We’ll find each other. And we did!

One good thing followed another to the point that even when life delivered a few topsy-turvys, I found there was always something better ahead. God does not take us backward. He always moves us forward, in the big things and in the small. What a God we serve.

How has God moved you forward even when it felt like you were going backwards?

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Something Better Ahead — 16 Comments

  1. Good reminder here, Karen, that we often find what we look for! Such a fine line sometimes between looking back at lovely memories but then letting it turn into regrets. But you’ve always seemed like a “forward looker” to me!

    • Thanks, Kristi. Yes, I do tend to look forward now that I’m spent time dealing with my past!

  2. Thanks, Karen. I needed this reminder. At age 85, I have 50 pages written on a new novel although it may turn out to be a short story. We have to keep up our enthusiasm for living however we can. You’ve inspired me.

    • YOU inspire me, Marie. I remember how diligent you were when you began writing during the Long Ridge course and how you have persevered. I’m so happy we have remained in contact over the years.

  3. Great post Karen. I have found that if I live in the past, I miss what God has for me today. Good reminder. You always have good for thought.

    • Thanks, Jim. I love what you said about if we live in the past we miss what God has for us today. So true!

  4. Oops, that should have been food for thought. Not good for thought. But hey, good works also. 🙂 . I’ve got to start using voice to text. Lol

    • Thank you, Carolyn. I love knowing you are reading my posts and that they ‘stretch’ you! I hope all is well in your corner of the world.

  5. I do tend to hold onto places and people. I am a member of a gym that is way too big for me because of the relationships I formed there over the years. I am finding that God provides opportunities for growth in the least likely circumstances. We just have to allow Him to move us.

    • Yes, Jerri. I agree. God uses all kinds of experiences and opportunities to ‘grow’ us!

  6. What a beautiful illustration of how God goes before us and behind us, that He has a plan and purpose for us. Psalm 139, Jeremiah 29:11

    • Thanks for your comment, Michele. I love Ps. 139[You have searched me, Lord, and you know me . . .]
      and Jer. 29:11 has been a mainstay for me.

  7. Hi Karen, I just love your positive heart and soul. What a spirit-lifting post this is, as always. Thank you so much for reminding me of God moving us forward, not backward. Indeed, what a God we serve. He’s been so good to me, too. Despite some topsy turves in my life lately, I’ve been able to concentrate and making amazing progress in writing my mental math book for kids, almost done (this is in just a short few months). I’ve since already posted nine steps of lessons on my website. I thank God for blessing me so much everyday… We have such a wonderful amazing God to serve.

    • What a wonderful report on your progress with the mental math book, Jing. I’m so happy for you. I know this has been a dream of yours for some time. May God bless your entire journey from writing to publication.

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