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Being On the Other Side
by Mary Wolf
Word count 641
One of the sayings still hanging around from our ancestors was ,“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Now I thought that meant we should not try to go there. To be content with what we had and quit pursuing what other people had
As life passes behind me, I have learned that one day you will look back from the “grass on the other side”. Something to be grateful for and it will give you great confort..
While getting older has disadvantages, there are so many positive things to be grateful for and the positives far outweigh the negative.
Having taught for years I knew a little about what the task required, but when I recieved this phone call, the Lord had to again, use my other side prospective to give me peace.
“Mom , I really want to home school our kids,would you help if I get into a jam?”
To know the total responsibility of educateing my grandchildren was in the hands of my child, the very idea scared me.
A still small voice spoke to my heart, “She is your child, I trusted you with her.” God reminded me.
Now my children are grown and doing fine. “Thank you God, for teaching me that she is your child first, and that every teacher is someone’s child.
You have given her these children, and you will direct her how to raise them because I know she will ask.”
Again I was looking from the other side.
As another child calls home, my heart leeps in my throat.
“ Hi Mom, I am just calling to let you know that I am on the way to the hospital. Mom Charlie just had a wreck on her dirt bike and really did a number on her knee !”
“Ok Hon! I’ll met you there.”
Hours later, as I sat with my daughter and the rest of her family in the surgery waiting room of the hospital, my mind drifted back to the time Our oldesd split his head on the bed pose, while jumping on the bed.
“I now know now Lord why You allowed me
to go through those hospital traumas with my own children. “
As I looked from the other side, I was so grateful for the knowledge that Gods grace is sufficient.
Once again, it is so wonderful to be on the other side
As my granddaughter and daughter went through it I can knew exactly how to pray and what not to say.
The time My oldest son called me was one of the hardest.
My son spoke slowly, It wasn’t his normal call for we had just talked so I braced myself for what I knew was coming.
“I have just received orders, I will be going to Irag. We leave next month.”
“Son, I am proud of you, I know you will be fine. You have our prayers and God is with you.. We will write and keep in touch. Take care of yourself. We love you.”
Hanging up, I wept. I could look back knowning the long months of agony his family would endure because I had been throught vietnan with his father. I was truly looking from the other side..
“God, this is different. Even tho I saw you protect my husband in VietNan, this is a son!”
“I know, my child. I gave my Son. I know how to confort you, I have been on the other side.”
Lifes experiences are given to perfect us. But I can now say, that while I am greateful for these past experiences, I am getting closer to a new fence. One that surrounds my Mansion in heaven, and i'm looking forward to the other side..
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