“Staring at the blank page before you… Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.” I love these words from the song “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. The words remind me of the people in my life who have encouraged me to take risks, to embrace life, and to be myself… even when it meant that I’d be the only girl in my class in high school to dress up for “nerd day.” (Thanks Mom!)
But as I’ve reflected back on this past year, and the risk I took in moving from an amazing community of friends from Santa Barbara to San Francisco, I am just incredibly grateful for God’s presence and provision in my life. Moving away from what was familiar was definitely a leap of faith for me. It was certainly a risk. But again and again in my life I have seen God show up – whether I am the new girl in an unknown city, or the passenger hanging on for dear life as my flight lands on a grass air strip in Costa Rica, or the heart-broken one who is walking with a friend thru a deep loss, or picking up my own pieces. God has been so faithful and I love the story God is writing with my life… even though at times I would have done some slight editing or rewriting.
I find the words in this song to be so hopeful. Our lives are not all written out. We can make a choice to embrace life with arms wide open, to take chances, make mistakes, make fools of ourselves, pursue a new career, chase a dream, travel to a foreign destination, pick up a new skill, take a dancing lesson, paint a picture. Life isn’t all about routines and doing what’s expected. Sometimes life asks us to journey into unknown territory and take a leap of faith. It’s easy to accept normal because it’s safe. I’ve done that too. But I want to dream big dreams. I don’t want normal or ordinary. I want to live my life with arms open to where God is leading me – even if it’s unknown and scary and not exactly what I had planned. God is asking me to trust him and I’m slowly learning what this means to trust in a God who is faithful and who calls me his beloved. It’s a journey of trust – a daily decision to open my hands to what God has in this story of my life.
If you haven’t heard this song before, I encourage you to listen to it at this link. I hope it inspires you and gives you renewed hope today.