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Friday, January 22, 2010

Nostalgic



Nostalgic⋅a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.

You ever get like that? When you just wish you could go back to so-and-so time?

I was struck with this feeling today, as I was looking back. I was reading my very first diary, when I was nine years old. My biggest problems in those days were forgetting to make my bed and getting in "trouble" because of it, or going a week without seeing my best friend. My nine-year-old self, preserved in the pages of that diary, is so different from my twelve-almost-thirteen-year-old self. It's only been three years, and yet I have changed so much. My problems then were so different from my problems now.

This change is normal, I suppose--growing up. But it's hard. I am going through doors which are slamming behind me--I can't go back. My childish innocence is gone. Gone are the days when I believed fairies were real, and spent my time trying to find one. Gone are the days when I tucked my dolls into bed at night, then ran back to peek into the room to see if they were moving. Gone are the days when I blindly believed the world was full of goodness and love. Gone are the days when I trusted without reservation in God, before worldly doubts started creeping in.

Doors slammed shut. I can't re-open them.

As heart-wrenching as these losses have been, God has been telling me it's okay. Last night, as I was feeling especially nostalgic, I opened my Bible, and my eyes caught on this verse.
"When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthinas 13:11
And I realized that I had lost things. I had lost innocence. But I gained maturity. Doubts crept in, but along with them, determination to root them out.

Some days, I still doubt God. I forget to let Him be the highest priority in my life. I forget to trust Him without reservation. It's human nature; I can't completely erase these doubts.

But I can fight them. I can fight them with His Word. I can fight them with prayer.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. Pslam 13:5
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7
Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light. John 12:36
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
May God fill you with trust in Him today. May He draw near to you. May He draw near to me. May He dispel our doubts, our worries, our anxieties. May He fill you with joy. May He fill you with love. For He loves you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8

11 replies:

Hannah said...

Beautiful true post Bekah. :)

Love,
Hannah

Cassie said...

Amen, Bekah! I remember reading my old journals and seeing how much I had grown. At first my heart felt sad over what I had lost, but then I learned to feel joyful over what I had gained in Christ Jesus!

Your friend,
Cassie

Jessica Faith said...

wonderful, beautiful, and true bekah!!
love,
jessica faith

Alex said...

Awesome post Bekah, really awesome

Nana said...

Great post Bekah! I love Psalm 13:5. How wonderful that my Father loves me with an unfailing love! Who could not want to serve Him?
Love in Christ,

Nana

Araken said...

Right on.

Mia said...

Beautiful post, Bekah! Sometimes growing up is hard because we learn everything is not what it seems, of the evilness in the world, and how harsh life can be... but at the same time, I think we learn to be more thankful for what we have, more aware of the things going on around us, and we see how good God truly is :)

Jordyn said...

AWEsome post, Bekah. We should definately get together soon. :)

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm happy where I am today ... I wouldn't want to go back.

Happy blogoversary :)

Jenna said...

Ah-mazing Bekah! You are an amazing writer! You have True talent:)
Jenna

Bob West said...

Bekah ... what's scarey is the days go faster and faster and all of a sudden you realize you are getting old. But then, that only means you are a day closer to being with your heavenly father. God Bless Bob

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