Though I May Experience “Constant Movement” My Feet Are Upon the Rock!

By on May 19, 2014
caution road sign on Palo Verdes Dr.

By Carol Doyel –

I celebrated my 55th birthday this past weekend and had a wonderful time!  Although I missed sharing the day with my kids and grandchildren who live in other areas, I was blessed with friends, a hike,  time with the Lord, sunshine, pool time, and a relaxing evening that included a funny-romantic movie and a healthy dinner which I prepared at home with my husband – what more could I ask for?

My day began with teaching from the book of Acts at our women’s fellowship group at the community church that my husband and I attend in Rancho Palo Verdes, California.  I’ve come to realize one of the greatest blessings of all is to be used by God – what an honor and privilege to serve others.  At the end of the teaching we laid hands on one another, spoke words of encouragement and prayed for one other. We laughed, we cried and loved on one another.

Over the years I’ve come to realize just how much we need one another!

I am so grateful to be part of the family of God and the church we attend. Having moved around quite a bit these last few years, we’ve gotten to attend four different churches and I’ve found that each one has its own unique personality and style of ministry. It’s wonderful how each church fills a purpose within the body of Christ just as we do as members.

I think God purposely offers lots of options. Just as families are different socially, economically and culturally, churches are as well; I believe so they can meet the needs of the diversity within the body of Christ.

Carol Doyel on Palo Verdes Dr.After the women’s fellowship I decided to go for a walk on a stretch of road in Palo Verdes along the coast that is quite interesting, with a sign at one point that warns of “constant land movement”. The first time my husband and I drove along the road, which borders one of the most beautiful drives along the coast in Los Angeles with breathe taking views and beaches, I was kind of freaked out. It’s a stretch of road that is a couple of miles long with many dips, twists, turns and places where you can see the road has definitely moved.  The city has even moved the public utilities and water above ground due to the constant movement so not to damage them.

What possessed me to walk along this stretch of land on my birthday?  The beauty!  With paths and trails that lead down to the beaches, as well as the public Trump Golf Club with beautiful park like grounds that includes a sculpture of dolphins, a stone bridge and benches that you can sit and take in the views of the pristine beaches and coastline below.

ruts in ground along Palo Verdes Dr.I parked my car and walked along the road, past the caution sign, as I did I thought about how life like the road is constantly moving, changing and morphing. Just beyond the sign you can visibly see the damage from the land moving under the surface, much like changes that can cause disruption and cracks in our lives.

Change and loss can cause deep ruts, pits, and holes in our life; loss of a job, betrayal of a friend or loved one, a bad report from the doctor, chronic illness, or God forbid the loss of a child.

feet standing on a rockBut we can be sure if we know the Lord – He will be with us in the ups and downs, in the pit and the valleys, as well as in the hills and high places. He is our rock and if we hold on to Him with all of our might, He will not forsake us. But we must choose to stand, to stand on the rock of our salvation, on the one who gives us the strength to run the race, to get up and stay on the path regardless of the trials, movement and changes we may experience along the road of life.

It was a good walk and though I experienced times of fear, or reluctance to go on, I kept in mind that the Lord is with me and enjoyed the beauty all around me as I walked down the road, just as I try to do in my life each day.

My prayer for you is that you will keep your eyes on Jesus – our rock and look towards what lies ahead!

 

Carol Doyel is Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LivingBetter50.com. She is a graduate of The Full Gospel Bible Institute and has a passion for women’s ministries, issues and lives. She and her husband of 25+ years have three grown kids and three grandchildren.  They currently reside in southern CA. Her desire is to inspire women to live better physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Carol Doyel

Carol Doyel is Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LivingBetter50.com. She is a graduate of The Full Gospel Bible Institute and has a passion for women’s ministries, issues and lives. She and her husband of nearly 30 years have three grown kids and four grandchildren. They currently reside in southern California. Her desire is to inspire women to live better physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

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Though I May Experience “Constant Movement” My Feet Are Upon the Rock!