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Moving Sidewalks

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Have you ever been in the airport, juggling several heavy items, trying to walk quickly because you have to be at the other end 412 miles away, and you have 12 minutes to get there before you miss your flight?

And then you spot it. The moving sidewalk.

Suddenly you hear birds singing, the air seems fresher and is slightly scented with honeysuckle. There is beautiful artwork on the walls. Your load seems easier to bear. Your load is easier to bear because all you have to do is stand there and you are passing the people who choose to walk on their own power.

Isn’t that how life is sometimes? There are those brief periods of time when everything goes right and life is simple.

But sometimes it seems like you look around and everyone else has a moving sidewalk and you are trying to figure out why you don’t have one!

There are times when it seems we have too much to juggle and too little time to juggle it, and it feels like life is so much easier for others.

I think this is a human reaction to difficulties. I even see it in my small children. If one of them has to pick up a mess she has made, sometimes I will hear, “Why doesn’t SHE have to clean up anything?”

I hate to admit that I even see it in myself. If I’m having a particularly hard week, I might find myself thinking, “Why do things have to be so hard for me? Look at her! Her life is so easy!”

The very weekend we found out my husband had been laid off, someone stepped on his glasses and broke them, my expensive Nikon camera was dropped down a flight of stairs, and I fell and broke my pinky toe.

It seemed like everyone around me was on a moving sidewalk and I was struggling with my baggage and being left behind.

Thus is the ebb and flow of life. The moving sidewalk doesn’t last forever, and neither do the difficult days.

Remember to hang in there.┬áDon’t expect to have a moving sidewalk always available. Be ready to pull your weight.

And celebrate with a sigh of relief when you finally see your moving sidewalk!

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  1. This is a post I needed to read today as it has felt like I have been in view of the moving sidewalk but just keep getting blocked from getting on for a little while now. My head knows that putting my trust in God will bring me through these difficult days; it’s just getting my heart to see and accept it too. Thank you for the encouragement!

  2. Eh… cute post… but doesn’t at all address when you have to deal with those people who not only are always on a moving sidewalk, but also mock and judge you from that moving sidewalk. I know… that’s more detailed than what you were going for. Maybe an idea for a part 2? ;)

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      Sometimes it can feel like others get all the breaks, but the point of the post is there are easy times and hard times for everyone.

      No one has sunshine all the time. Floods happen. Children get sick. Cars break down. Job loss hits. One way or another everyone eventually deals with hard times.

      And then the sun comes out and we enjoy ease for a while. Trying to treasure those times is the key.

      I have dealt with mockers and found the best way is to ignore them. I know it is hard though! Hang in there!

  3. Thank you….I needed this message today!!!

  4. Love this, Connie! :)

  5. Thank you! We are in that very place and I’m due any day with our latest baby! It’s stressful, but we’re hanging on as best as we can. =/

  6. I needed this really bad. Thank you, Connie.

  7. Are you having hard days right now? I certainly am. Days I thought I would never see. But you are right. They will be temporary, and I appreciate the encouragement!

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