Settling Down

What does this phrase really mean, “Settling Down”? When I hear this phrase, I envision a dog circling and circling a soft spot about to lie down and take a nap in the warm sun. Don’t get me wrong, I like naps. I also want to be clear about what it means to ‘settle down’. People have begun to question me “when will you settle down” or “where do you think you will settle down?” What if I already am ‘settled down’?

Dogs in Costa Rica seem to be a bit smarter than dogs in the USA. The will walk along the side of the road in tons of traffic. Many times I think I see dog road kill, only to find out they are napping in a sunbeam millimeters from rolling tires. They don’t just cross the street, they actually look both ways. How on Earth does this happen when a dog in the USA escapes from its yard and immediately gets hit by a car. SMACK! I have been dumbfounded. More so, most of these dogs seem to be abandon strays, so it is not like they had a human to teach them to cross the street. How did they learn? They learned from mistakes, observation, successes, and trust. They learned from observing other dogs from the time they were a pup to stay away from the cars, to cross quickly between, to trust that cars would stay in the lanes, and to get smacked around a tiny bit when they are not paying attention.

These dogs have learned that they can settle down in just about any spot they find that is safe. It doesn’t matter as long as they are making smart choices and observations. That settling down is just a nap in the warm sun, but the true life is in the adventure of getting out and about. We all get to choose how and where we take naps!!

We all have our versions of ‘Settling Down’. We have all chosen a life where we find comfort and adventure. I see a friend on Facebook that I went to High School with. She has a little boy and a baby girl. I see her life and I think, “HOLY COW” how does she do it. It must be so much work to have tiny little people that she is completely in charge of raising. I wonder when will she ever ‘settle down’ and take time for herself. But then I realize, this IS her time. She has circled in and is doing the exact adventure she wanted to do. I have another friend I met traveling in Australia that is still traveling. She has been at it for over two years now. Her life is lived all over the world, I truly believed she has ‘settled’ into a life that she finds comforting and fulfilling.

Realistically, I know people are asking me “when are you going to settle down?” because they care. They care about my future and envision my future with permanent address, permanent job, and permanent friends. I am grateful for that love and car. However, I tried that once. It wasn’t my life. It was not my Settling Down

What does this phrase really mean, “Settling Down”? When I hear this phrase, I envision a dog circling and circling a soft spot about to lie down and take a nap in the warm sun. Don’t get me wrong, I like naps. I also want to be clear about what it means to ‘settle down’. People have begun to question me “when will you settle down” or “where do you think you will settle down?” What if I already am ‘settled down’?

Dogs in Costa Rica seem to be a bit smarter than dogs in the USA. The will walk along the side of the road in tons of traffic. Many times I think I see dog road kill, only to find out they are napping in a sunbeam millimeters from rolling tires. They don’t just cross the street, they actually look both ways. How on Earth does this happen when a dog in the USA escapes from its yard and immediately gets hit by a car. SMACK! I have been dumbfounded. More so, most of these dogs seem to be abandon strays, so it is not like they had a human to teach them to cross the street. How did they learn? They learned from mistakes, observation, successes, and trust. They learned from observing other dogs from the time they were a pup to stay away from the cars, to cross quickly between, to trust that cars would stay in the lanes, and to get smacked around a tiny bit when they are not paying attention.

These dogs have learned that they can settle down in just about any spot they find that is safe. It doesn’t matter as long as they are making smart choices and observations. That settling down is just a nap in the warm sun, but the true life is in the adventure of getting out and about. We all get to choose how and where we take naps!!

We all have our versions of ‘Settling Down’. We have all chosen a life where we find comfort and adventure. I see a friend on Facebook that I went to High School with. She has a little boy and a baby girl. I see her life and I think, “HOLY COW” how does she do it. It must be so much work to have tiny little people that she is completely in charge of raising. I wonder when will she ever ‘settle down’ and take time for herself. But then I realize, this IS her time. She has circled in and is doing the exact adventure she wanted to do. I have another friend I met traveling in Australia that is still traveling. She has been at it for over two years now. Her life is lived all over the world, I truly believed she has ‘settled’ into a life that she finds comforting and fulfilling.

Realistically, I know people are asking me “when are you going to settle down?” because they care about my future and envision my future with permanent address, permanent job, and permanent friends. I am grateful for that love and care. However, I tried that once. It wasn’t my life. It was not my destiny. I am thankful for those in my life who want me to be taken care of and safe, additionally, fortunately we get to choose and experience and relationships that God has planned for each of us.

In fact, God is my “settled down”. For it does not matter where I am in the world, what job I have, who my friends are, in ALL things I am cared for and loved by God. I can settle along the side of the road in the sun, in a different country, alone, and still be living the life that I am meant to live. If I am living in God’s will. I am “settled”. I can circle and circle around a peaceful life in the comfort of the Son.

So, I challenge you today. What is your “settled down”? Where have you circled in? Are you resting in the peace of the Son?

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