I’ve spent the last week in my hometown, in California. We partied all weekend; family, food and friends day after day. I probably gained five pounds. 🙂 I met my sister’s boyfriend for the first time, spent time with my brother and his lovely wife, went on a grandpa date with my dad and Maya, and celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday along with lots of other fun get-togethers and just plain ole hanging around the house family time. The weather was perfect. I even felt a little sweat coming on as we were out on a walk! I wore shorts and skirts and sandals and oh my– tank tops!!! It’s been a trip that’s refreshed my soul.
It’s been such a good trip, actually, that I’ve begun to wish.
Yes, I know, you know what I’m about to say. It seems so premature being that we’ve been in New Jersey for only five months and aren’t even fully established there yet, but I can’t help but wish. I can’t help but look at this small patch of California grass and think how much greener it is than our New Jersey front yard.
And then I read this. She’s soooooo right. The grass truly is greener where you water it.
It’s okay to miss family. It’s okay to miss friends. It’s okay to miss sunshine, the beach, old restaurant spots and walking trails. These are all good things. But we can’t lose sight of where we are now and miss out on the present. It does me no good to wish, really.
It might seem like there’s always something better, somewhere more beautiful, or some house more functioning… and it’s true. There always will be. We’ll never be content on this earth until we’re grateful for where we are now. And when we finally are, it’s surprisingly enough. ~Tsh, SimpleMom.net
The fact of the matter is I’m in a transition period right now. It’s easy to look at the grass and think it’s greener in California when I’m still a bit of a fish out of water in my new digs in New Jersey. But then I remember the stones that God’s piled up for me and realize it’s for Him, by Him and because of Him that New Jersey is our new home. I just need to water the grass.
So as I get on a plane this afternoon to return to my real home, I’m looking to be intentional about watering our New Jersey grass. Because it’s true. The grass really isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it. 🙂