Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Far Better Things

I'm sure I've mentioned that winter is by far my favorite season. But, this spring has been...different. The colors seem sharper than I remember; the days cooler. Everything is more vivid. It's hard to explain, but it's as though I'm looking back on everything, as opposed to experiencing it in the present. 

Perhaps it's because this is my last year at home for awhile. Maybe I'm unconsciously trying to remember everything --my brother's hugs, Muv's (My affectionate term for my mother; "love" and "mom" mixed up) smile, Daddy's laughter, my cat's fur, the lavender brick on our house, the lovely, smiling faces of my church family, and even the ever-present Wyoming wind. Every color, every word, every song, every smile, every tear. It will never be like this again. Things are changing, and I cannot stop it --though I'm not certain I want to. 

C.S. Lewis wrote: 
"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." 

Better than all this? Oh, yes. I am in Christ. And in Christ, every day is a crescendo of promise. C.S. Lewis also wrote, "Further up, Further in!" and that is what each day is bound, sworn, assured, to be. It's a bit like my thermos of tea. No matter how often I shake it, the sugar always settles to the bottom, and the last sip is always the sweetest. Tomorrow will be better than today. It may be harder, it may feel longer, I might ache deeper, but... for those in Christ, each day brings us a moment closer to Him. What more could I desire of life? 


  1. Wonderful thought! Thank you for sharing.

  2. first of all, thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I do remember meeting you and seeing you at Ellerslie last fall, but I never took the opportunity to go talk to you. sorry about that.
    secondly, I totally relate to this. winter has always been my favorite season,(actually I always dread summer, I don't have any specific reasons other than I hate the heat, but summer is always my least favorite season) anyways, for some reason this spring has been different. I still strongly dislike the extremely bright sunshine (rainy and cloudy days will forever be my favorite) but something about it makes me not dread summer as much.
    and that quote by C.S. Lewis is a favorite, well actually C.S. Lewis is a favorite in general. :) and your blog is beautiful(I may or may not have went back and read every post :P) you defiantly have a beautiful talent for words and writing.
    xx. marcia

  3. This is so beautiful, Haley. I can't describe how much it strikes a chord in my heart; maybe it's because I've been dealing with a lot of the same thing. Thank you for sharing, and you are in my prayers, dear sister.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Haley! This is an encouragement to me right now, too! I am glad I am not there to have to see you go... It's great you are following the Lord's plan for your life though. :). He is faithful and His plan is always perfect, even when it seems hard at the moment! I have to remind myself of that constantly!! Anyways, I miss you and just know I am praying for you! ~ Laura

  5. Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts --and prayers! The prayer especially is priceless. :)