If there’s one thing about being in a relationship, it’s that it opens up your horizon to topics and ideas that would have otherwise never crossed your radar.
It’s such a cool part of dating that I wish I would have known about sooner! Reggaeton music, sneakerhead culture, Filipino food/traditions/movies, luxury street wear, whiskey culture — and now I can add to the list: shipping.
Yes, shipping: as in…transferring goods from one part of the world to the other.
And yes – I know this is wayyyyy out of left field for this little ol’ blog, but I promise it’ll come to full circle. #trust
You see, Steven is very well versed in the business/tech world, and one of the major headlines right now among business people is that there is a HUGE delay in shipping from Asia ever since the pandemic. The cost to ship goods from China to California has increased 8-fold since 2019, with prices now costing $20,000 per container.
And thanks to labor shortages, there’s a massive bottleneck delay in our California ports: with 90 ships and more than 500,000 shipping containers floating at sea, waiting sometimes up to a month, for a shipping dock to open up.
There’s a shortage of workers, shortage of truck drivers, shortage of warehouse space, and due to Covid, the ports are only operating at 60% capacity.
Which, for the “non-business-folk, like myself” — that translates to: there will most probably be a toy shortage at Christmas.
But isn’t that just wild? All those ships, just waiting out in the shipyard to come in. It’s eerie, to be honest.
And I can only imagine the intense stress and pressure this has caused people who work in industries that are impacted by this massive holdup.
Steven and I talked about that over dinner on Sunday night. And as I was biking home that evening, I couldn’t help but think about those ships, as I was peddling along the river in New York, where I will often see barges and other freight ships pass through.
And I thought to myself, that I personally have had so many “bottleneck blockages” that have hindered my relationship with God.
SO many seasons of life that have delayed that total and complete union with the Father. Seasons where I’ve just been waiting out at sea, unable to unload my cargo because of pride; or shame over my past; or believing that I’m unworthy of forgiveness; or believing that because of the terrible things I’ve done, that I am disqualified from – not only His love, but love from anyone.
These were massive, monumental holdups that kept me from living the life of abundance that Jesus was longing for me to embrace.
That’s one of the most terrible things about shame: the enemy uses it to accuse us repeatedly — over and over — reminding us of things we’ve already been forgiven and redeemed of.
The shame and resulting guilt from my anorexia — it cast a shadow over my entire existence for years after I adopted recovery. I let those oppressive thoughts impact my romantic relationships, my self-talk, and most importantly: my relationship with God.
Though I knew and believed that I was forgiven and freed and redeemed for the destructive past with my eating disorder, I was holding on to the shame, the guilt, the feeling of unworthiness. I refused to surrender those things to Him, and do, perhaps the hardest thing yet: forgive myself.
It was only until I handed all of that baggage — those shipping containers, if you will — over to Christ, saying “Here, Lord: I’m exhausted from carrying those around for all these years. I’m tired of listening to the enemy berate me with thoughts of condemnation and disgrace.”
Jesus freed me, and through the support and reinforcement from some very key relationships in my life, I now can fully say that I have claimed that life of freedom and joy and love that God wanted all along for me. And for you.
So. That completely random and roundabout way of getting here, is to simply invite you to join me in examining where in your life there may still be a blockage, — something that you’re holding on to — that’s keeping you from your most full, most beautiful, most overwhelming relationship with our Creator.
Becuase though that one particular roadblock of mine has been resolved, I can still name about 5 or 6 other areas of life that need attention. Namely: vanity, being judgmental at times, giving into gossip. I could really air some dirty laundry here, but I’ll leave that for another day.
Thank you for reading, and may God bless your week!
*And on another note, I would be super curious to learn what topics or ideas that your significant other has broadened your horizon to!
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