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?