Thursday, January 9, 2014

When worlds collide

There are times in each of our lives when we are forced into a pattern of situations and events that require for us to make decisions, decisions which determine the course of the rest of our lives. In fact, they are all of the decisions that we make, even the smallest ones. However, at times there are some major decisions that we need to make in order to proceed. Life tends to happen so quickly and many decisions need to be made on the spot and as a result we do not realise all that is happening around us in the midst of all the busyness...

Today seemed like it would never end. It really felt like a whole lifetime in a flash... As the day came to an end and I am able to reflect on it I can't help but notice how there were so many events that took place, how many people came together, how many opinions and thoughts got exchanged, how many environments were crossed and was as if each person, each exchange, each interaction was loaded with information and intent and each time bringing these hidden worlds that collided for certain moments in time.

My encounter with Smokey was one of those moments where I was able become a part of this chilled and easy going world, the world of a fisherman whose life was so different from mine, so full of adventure and stories. As I sat and listened to the way he described his encounter and conversations with the storm at sea, referring and speaking to it as if the storm was his woman (whose name is Michelle by the way).

Smokey was someone I happened to meet today as a result of another friend. We sat for a moment on his fishing boat and I just listened and gave my attention. He opened the door into his world through the stories he relayed to us, describing the way he saw life through his eyes. His eyes and his face were lit up and gave out such peace, calm and kindness, giving off a very soothing and comforting feeling. If I could describe it in words it would feel like "all is well with my soul" kind of feeling.

To be able to see and recognise this, even in the midst of the events that occurred, that is what I am thankful for today. It was as if God broaden my mind to perceive more than just one perspective, to understand more than just one way of looking at see more than just one world view at a given moment. To walk through life and see even the unknown and unpredictable as an adventure is a gift from God. Today was one of those days in my journey...

...and for that I am THANKFUL...

"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!"

Romans 8:15-17

The Message (MSG)

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