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And all this writing is pouring forth because we went to see We Bought a Zoo. Yep, never thought God would speak through this one.
During Christmas I read something or I heard something that focused on how Mary went to the inn and the door to that space was closed. And yet, it didn't mean that Mary wasn't supposed to have the baby. She didn't look at the closed venue, throw her hands up to God, and say, "Clearly, You are telling me I'm not supposed to have this baby." The closed door didn't equal don't' give up.
In We Bought a Zoo, (SPOILER ALERT), it's opening day for the zoo and there is no one lined up at the gate. The son screams, "Something has to be wrong!" He takes off running and they discover that a tree had fallen into the road, prohibiting people from passing through. As far as the eye can see, cars and people are lined up, ready and willing to venture into this new space in the community. The Mees and the zookeepers can't move the trees, so instead, they help people through the trees so they can get to the zoo.
Benjamin Mees could have looked at the fallen trees as a closed door, a sure sign that this zoo wasn't meant to be. He could have said, "Sorry folks, we can't open the doors because there is a tree blocking your cars."
He could have missed the best grand opening of his life.
Mary could have complained about her surroundings and missed the bundled joy.
Sometimes I get so focused on things going right that the slightest veer from my intended path starts me questioning if I should have gotten on the road to begin with.
I dare to say that I don't think this is how God wants us to live. I'm actually kinda starting to think that God wants us to be a bit...adventurous. Scary thought for the likes of this girl.
And yet. When we are called to overcome odds, God gets glorified. When projects seem insurmountable, God helps us to overcome. When the only way through seems a bit unconventional, it means God is so incredibly creative.
Obstacles don't necessarily mean we aren't doing what God wants us to do. Obstacles can mean that we fulfill our destiny as overcomers. Sure, when the doors keep closing, God could be giving a sign that this is not the way to walk. For me, though, I am realizing that just because it gets hard, it doesn't mean that God doesn't want me to keep persevering. I'm realizing that life really is an adventure. When we get on the ride, we can be in for the thrill of a lifetime. But we have to get on.
My oldest daughter has this streak of adventure. She oftentimes looks forward to the unknown, to the thrilling. She might be a little scared, a little anxious, but she doesn't want to miss out on the fun. Here she is on the back of her grandfather's motorcycle:
Linking with some beautiful ladies, whom I grow to love more and more each week: Michelle @ Graceful, Shanda @ Pause on the Path, Laura @ The Wellspring, and Jennifer @ Getting Down with Jesus)