When I come home, and if I walk and don’t see anyone around, I can feel like I’m six again. Which is pretty crazy. I mean, I’m a bit tall for a six-year old.
The sky is awake today
And the world will sing His love
Spring is coming, spring is coming!
Consider a bonfire. Using nothing but the faint glimmer from the stars to guide you, you begin the process of building a fire pit. Logs are rolled, brush is gathered, and everything is laid out perfectly for the fire in the damp, grassy knoll that had been selected. Lighting the fire begins an entirely new battle. With every click of the lighter, your hopes soar and plummet in a matter of moments as a leaf catches flame and then quickly extinguishes. Finally, one dry branch holds the fire and soon the entire pit is engulfed in flames. You step away from your masterpiece and admire the dancing flames as they rise into the air and then slowly turn into small specks of ash before vanishing into the night completely. Every so often, you add more brush to the mix to keep the fire lit, but eventually, you allow it to fade away into nothing.
Consider your life. Our minds are in a constant race; always one foot in front of the other, crouched at the starting line, ready for the gun to sound. We are always looking to reach a final destination, a goal of some sort, that we believe will make all of our labors worthwhile. Just as we pushed and pulled at the logs and embraced countless trials in order to light the leaves to create this fire, we spend so much of our time in motion, working towards a final outcome instead of taking a moment to breathe and simply look up and admire the sky above our heads and the beauty that God has laid out before us. Once the fire was made, its beauty was marvelous but fleeting, just like moments in our lives. We may be working towards a goal or looking ahead to an event, but if we continue to waste our time looking forward to what lies ahead, we will soon begin to forget about the wonder that surrounds us or the opportunities that are at our disposal at that specific time and place. Our expectations may shine bright through our dark patches, but if we let them consume our lives, we are going to become helpless when the fire burns out and we’re left with nothing but a pile of burnt ashes reminding us of what once was.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’sgiving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” –Matthew 6:31-33 (The Message)
Our lives are made up of moments. All moments, whether good or bad, are transient. We spend so much of our lives waiting and wishing for that final outcome; that “bonfire” that we are working so hard to build and perfect. However, if we don’t recognize that even the greatest fires will eventually burn out, then we will miss out on each little opportunity, each irreplaceable spark, that God utilizes to make our lives shine and our days worthwhile. Sit back and look up at the glimmering stars above; they beckon us to be still and rest in His loving kindness and grace. We are called simply to embrace His beauty, which will constantly radiate, despite how dim our own personal bonfire has become. It is in that consistency that we find true peace.
I wanna be the type of person who has a crush on the world and it loves me right back
n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.