Gradually Suddenly–I love how Seth Godin put these two words together. He is a guy whose writing often makes my brain uncomfortable while being so right on.

And come to think of it, I have had many, many gradually suddenlies in my life. Like when I got out of debt. Each increment was ridiculously small, almost laughable, certainly not worth mentioning out loud, until one day, nothing else was owed, and I was completely debt free. That part was a “Suddenly,” yet it did not happen without all the graduallies that went before.

And come to think of it, all of nature is built on gradually suddenly. Butterflies and oak trees, and hippopotamuses and ant colonies…

And my God, He is a gradually suddenly kind of God. And the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this whole concept was His idea in the first place. Because the changes He accomplishes in our hearts, they are at times so subtle that we don’t perceive them clearly until the moment where, seemingly all of a sudden, we notice that we don’t hate, or swear, or lust after certain things any longer, and we know we can’t attribute the change to our great efforts at all. We become aware that God did it in us, one instance at a time, until the Suddenly appeared. Yet we all know that it did not really happen suddenly; we just noticed it that way. My God, He takes a really long time to do things really quickly sometimes. 

And so it is with broken relationships and healed marriages, and shattered dreams and fulfilled goals, and weight loss and preparing for a marathon, and flunking school and graduating, and being pregnant and giving birth, and growing and dying and being poor or wealthy, and sunsets and sunrises…. Gradually Suddenly.

And so it is for the whole of our lives.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one-thousand7#871 Being inside in an ice storm  

#872 Hot sausage soup 

#873 Phone Call with my friend

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