I was leaning on top of the work area in the copy room at the law firm, talking to an attorney who was there for the same purpose: copying, mailing, moving on to the next task at hand, and we happened to begin talking about life. She asked me a question about college, and I answered, but it lead me into a much deeper theoretical type of thinking. I’m not “highly educated” at this point in my life, and sometimes when I talk with people who are, and when those people happen to be the same age as me, I feel the need to “explain” why I am not where they are in life yet. It’s silly isn’t it? I guess it’s insecurity, or maybe it’s simply the fact that I am establishing some type of equal ground between us. Basically, I think it’s insecurity, and the deep desire of mine to be “highly educated.” I have found though, that most of the time, highly educated people admire me for my “life experiences”, just as much as I admire them for their higher education, so usually, the ground is pretty equal anyway, but let me forget about keeping score. I just had to say all that because I think that everyone does it in some way, shape or form, and I wanted you to know that I’ve done it too in regard to myself; I think we all do it; we’re human.
After I said my world famous line about how I somehow “scrambled the sequence of life like an egg – all the while expecting to get an omelet,” she said to me, “No, not necessarily Kristina. I think that when women have a family before they have a career, I think that they know more about what they really want to do. I think that they are more focused, more dedicated to both their family and their dreams, and I think it’s a good thing. In fact, one woman in particular did the “scramble thing” as you call it, and she is now a lawyer, and she is the woman who inspired me to go to law school. I really attribute a big part of who I am today to her, and if she hadn’t “scrambled the sequence of life,” she may never have known to be a lawyer, and she may never have been in the position to inspire me to go to law school. I think it’s all about where you are, where you’ve come from, and where you are going. I think that it’s all relevant, no matter who we are.”
And then, she said the sentence that inspired me to write about our conversation. That sentence goes as follows: “I think you are in a good spot.” No, the words themselves aren’t particularly profound. But when you put them after the aforementioned sentences; when you put them in the context that they are, evolving as they did between a copy machine, a fax, and two women who are definitely living completely opposite lives, when you put that sentence after and among all that, you get a profound thought that echoes like the ripples in a pond long after the rock is gone. You get a piece of inspiration in the middle of your day, and that is simply all I wanted to say. “I’m in a good spot.” No, not exactly where I’ve dreamt that I would be, and no, not exactly where I hoped that I would be, no, but guess what? I’m exactly where I need to be for now. And where I am right now is in a good spot. Isn’t that what life is anyway, a combination of many spots along the way, that when viewed together in the end can be connected as if they were “connecting dots” to a masterpiece picture that only the Master Himself could create? So yes, I, as well as you, “we are in good spots” – waiting for the next stop of “connect the dots” along the way. And that’s okay; Rome wasn’t built in a day, and lives aren’t lived, nor dreams achieved in one day either.
A GOOD SPOT
A good spot in my mind
Used to be the perfect wife
A good spot in my mind
Was a day avoiding strife
A good spot to anyone is
A land of milk and honey
A good spot is standing
Right where the sun shines sunny
Oh yes a good spot is the most
Admired spot to be
A good spot is where
There’s always victory
But let us think for just a moment
About those good spots that we desire
Aren’t the greatest spots we remember
What we learned when it got down to the wire
When we were tested and Glorified God
Weren’t we amazed at what
We saw a new part of ourselves
We took some courage
Off our shelves
And we found that the best spot
That we could be
Was when our faith
Was set free
So I say wherever we happen to reside
It’s a good spot
When God is on your side
And really it’s not just that He is on our side
It’s that we joined His side
Along the way
It’s a good spot
Know this – wherever you are, whether you are an amazing mom who works 24/7 from home, teaching, nurturing, guiding and/or you also work outside the home, you are in a good spot – a God-Spot – He’s got you, and He knows that where you are right now is exactly where He can use you to accomplish His will in your life and the lives of those you touch with His love!
Stop and consider God’s wonders.
Kristina Seymour loves to encourage and equip women through the Word and through community. She is the author of The Warrior Mom Handbook, The Warrior Mom Leadership Manual, and The Warrior Wife Handbook; they are available at Amazon.com. Kristina's Bible studies are for women who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. She has learned that women can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about Kristina, please visit her website, https://kristinaseymour.com/. God loves to share His story of love and grace through us all, and Kristina believes that everyone has a story to tell.
Originally published Tuesday, 25 September 2018.