A heart bursting with…

By | July 26, 2018 7:14 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Have you ever had your heart broken? Most of us would answer, “YES. At least once! Probably several times.”

Has your heart ever burst with joy, pride? Hopefully, your answer to the second question would be, “More times than broken.”

Have you ever experienced both of the above, simultaneously?

That’s what happened to Sammie and me when our son broke the news to us recently. Our hearts swelled with pride upon learning that Stephen had been offered a very prestigious position with the Tennessee Department of Education, in Nashville. Without too much detail, l will just say that it is a great career move. The news called for celebration and excitement.

On the other hand, we were very sad. The tremendous opportunity means that he must move to Nashville, taking two of our “stinking cute” grandchildren and our favorite daughter-in-law with him. I tried to be stoic. Sammie just let the tears flow.

For the past five years, the Playls, Junior have lived in our neighborhood, presently four blocks away. Go ahead. Tell me that Nashville is just down the interstate. Tell me it could be worse. They could be moving to another country – like California or someplace. Maybe you have grandchildren in Australia. I get it.

Still, four and a half hours to their new residence, in Mt. Juliet, is not nearly as convenient as four blocks away, in the old “hood.”

To add to the shock, we heard it first from 5-year-old Anderson. Before Stephen had a chance to calmly share the plans, Anderson blurted out, “Guess what, Papa and Nahnee! We’re moving to Nashville!”

Now Anderson is as cute as a bug, but he has no real concept of distance and traveling time. He just knew that moving to the big city would be exciting. He had not yet considered that he would no longer see his sweetheart, Piper, every day. He couldn’t understand Nahnee’s tears.

The reality of this event is beginning to hit Piper, though. Recently, her mother said, “Piper, Anderson will be leaving town in a couple of weeks.”

“I know, Mom,” Piper replied. “Jesus is moving him to Nashville.” She stood for a moment, contemplating the severity of the situation, then added, “And, you know, I was going to marry that boy.”

We truly are happy for Stephen and proud of his accomplishments. We are glad and sad at the same time. We believe that the sorrow of seeing them move a couple hundred miles away will be replaced by future blessings in their new adventure. As the Psalmist said, “…weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)

They feel secure in the conviction that this is God’s timing and He is directing their paths. The rest of us must take comfort in God’s promises, found in such scripture passages as Jeremiah 29:11, “’I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘my plans will bring prosperity and not harm. My plans will bring you a hopeful future.’” (My paraphrase.)

We must also remember the words of God quoted by Isaiah, “My thoughts and your thoughts are different. My ways are not like yours. My thoughts and ways are as high above yours as the heavens are above the earth.” (Isaiah 55:8,9, paraphrased.)

It will be OK – and four excuses to visit the Music City more often.

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