The view from the middle isn’t always clear

When I fly with Henry I take the middle seat. I like the window but I fit better. At 5’4″ and not a wide body I can pull my arms in if the other person needs more room. But there’s no view from the middle.

Henry likes to say, or think πŸ˜‰ that he’s middle-aged and realist that I am, I find myself reminding him that unless he lives to be over 120 he’s not middle aged. And neither am I. But we try to fool our minds and bodies because the view from here is….maybe too clear.

In those middle-aged years (I swear I don’t know where they went) we were running and rushed and life was buzzing and keeping up was a little like being in the middle seat on a plane: the view wasn’t clear.

I was thinking of the Sunday school song about Zacchaeus , a man short of stature and character until he got a closer view of Jesus. It changed his life.

You just don’t see as clearly when you’re stuck in the middle. But on the outside, we see the fingerprints of God on the times we thought we were alone. From a distance we can take more in. More of God’s grace and mercy. More of the blessings and more of the love. We realize that even in the times we felt sandwiched in the middle there was goodness in our lives.

Linking up with Kate Motaung for a weekly free-writing word prompt called Five-Minute Friday.

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Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

6 thoughts on “The view from the middle isn’t always clear

  1. Annie Rim

    I so love that I’m next to you this week. I wrote about being in the middle years right now. πŸ˜‰ (Though, hopefully I’m not actually in the middle yet!!) I’m actually an inch taller than Frank but since he’s wider, he always manages to finagle the aisle seat…. πŸ˜‰ I love this connection…. I get so frustrated with the view not being clear right now – I want answers!! But do I really? I’m learning to trust that sometimes, an obscured view is exactly what I can handle.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      It’s that whole trust/faith thing, isn’t it Annie? It’s all any of us can handle.

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  2. Lesley

    It’s so true that the view from the middle is not clear. I think it’s often only looking back that we can see what God was doing in situations when it wasn’t clear at all at the time.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I believe it’s for our best. At least it is for me Lesley.

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  3. Tara Ulrich

    I prefer the window seat myself.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      When I fly by myself it’s always my pick if I can get it. It’s so amazing the view from the sky…seeing God’s creation from that vantage point is breathtaking isn’t it Tara?

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