Today is a good day to try living a different way.
Sometimes, I think we have this living business all backwards. We attack each day like our hair is on fire. We constantly walk around with an Uzi in our hands, just ready to blast the next problem that pops its head up. But what if, what if we began to look at life a different way and instead of seeing problems popping up all the time, we see instead a gift to be opened?
What is wrong with always attacking life is that we become preoccupied with what is missing, broken and wrong; and, we lose sight of the miracles that God rains down upon us ceaselessly. When we fail to see these miracles and acknowledge their presence, life becomes very tedious and depressing. One day can look pretty much like another. An attitude of negativity can settle in on us that becomes more difficult to remove than tar.
Yesterday, I spent a few hours with my three-year-old niece. She offered me a unique window of gratitude. She was a complete surprise to our family. I tease my brother that he will be on Social Security when this child goes off to college. But I watched in total amazement yesterday as this child lit up the room; and, she did so in a way that was nothing short of miraculous. My dad has been battling cancer for a very long time. For a few hours yesterday, this child lifted him beyond his infirmity. To me, it was a miracle. It was also a reminder that we are all in perpetual care of others and yesterday, it was a three-year-old child who ran the show.
The 13th century Persian theologian and poet Rumi said, “Your lamp was lit from another lamp. All God wants is gratitude for that.”
All this talk about miracles, a child, gratitude and light has me gazing in another direction. In John 1:5, we read, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” Of course, John is talking about Christ. Christ does shine in our darkness but we just cannot seem to grasp this. Perhaps God’s unfathomable tolerance with the human race is that our greatest depravity may mean we just do not understand. That’s why I think today may be a good day to try doing something different.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” [Psalm 115:105]