It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?? Waking up this morning to the sun was like a salve on my soul.
It’s hard not to become consumed and overwhelmed by the goings-on in the world, both near and afar, is it not? I have been quietly watching and listening, trying to organize my thoughts, while still doing all the necessary things.
I hosted a workshop yesterday for local women in social media, and it was so good to get out from behind my computer screen and meet face to face. We learned a lot, we laughed a lot, and I joined Periscope.
Oh, yes. Another social network to grow and strategize. It makes me tired to even think about it, but with what I do, I have to stay at the forefront of these new technologies or my brand will slowly become obsolete. Plus, I have to admit, it’s kinda fun. I generally detest all things video, but Periscope is actually live streaming, and it’s interactive, which brings in a whole new dimension. My handle is @jolynneshane for anyone who is already on the network and looking for new peeps to follow.
My daughter’s sinus surgery on Wednesday went much better than we ever expected or imagined. She was scared going in, bless her heart, but she did great, and she’s been a trooper ever since she’s been home. She slept a lot on Wednesday, but she perked up significantly on Thursday, and now she’s pretty much up and around as usual. She’ll be able to go to church today and resume normal activities this week. We are still waiting to see how successful the surgery is. It takes a while for the packing to dissolve and the swelling to go down, but we hope she will have a better quality of life once it’s all said and done. The poor child hasn’t been able to breath out of her nose for years.
Once I could see that she was going to be alright, I went for my MRI and got my nails done (important things, ya know!) and prepared for my workshop and crossed a myriad of other tasks off my to-do list. And all the while, my Facebook feed filled up with rainbows and victorious proclamations of #LoveWins. And I . . . have mixed feelings.
I have typed and deleted about 110 lines of type as I’ve sat here for the past 30 minutes, trying to decide how much I want to say, but the issues surrounding this decision are so complex and so much farther reaching than a group of people being granted the rights of a civil marriage. I don’t think I want to go there on my blog because I have no energy for fielding the comments that may follow. While I enjoy reading different perspectives online and thinking through the issues, I don’t often enter the conversation because I need to keep my energies firmly focused on my family and friends who live on this side of my computer screen.
But I do want to say this to my Christian sisters who may be reading along and feeling discouraged today. No matter what you believe about this ruling and what it may indicate for the future of our nation and the people of our faith, God was not surprised by this. Our agenda is not always his agenda. As believers, we must remember that our hope is not in the U.S. government or an elected official or nine robed men who sit on a prestigious bench. Our only hope is a holy God who is on his throne, working all things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.