Saturday, March 26, 2011
Figuring Life Out - One Thousand Gifts
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN AND TURN OFF MY PLAYLIST BEFORE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO SO YOU DON'T HEAR BOTH AT ONCE! There are just some things that you come across that you know in an instant, they were meant for you to see or hear at just the right time in your life. It is like they were ordained to touch you and bring you a message to hear...the challenge is in listening and taking the time to slow down and actually hear that still, small voice that is calling you. It is soooo easy to get so caught up in the rush and chaos of our daily lives...it is like we live our lives in fast forward. Imagine your frustration if you tried to watch a wonderful movie only in fast forward. Sure, you would see the general synopsis and maybe get an idea of the story line...but, the essence and depth of the message would be lost because you couldn't hear it. All you would miss..the emotion, the words of wisdom, the connection to the characters...the ability to relate and get lost in the story. It would be like getting a gorgeous birthday cake and only tasting the frosting and never getting to the decadent gooey chocolate center. Perish the thought! That is how we often live out our lives...we get to experience the outer layer, but never get to the core where all the blessing is because we just are not present enough or are sleep walking our way thru our lives. Busy, busy, busy...our jobs, our kids and their bazillion activities, our homes, etc... We need to wake ourselves up and then be still and listen...as this video so beautifully says...it is in those little seeds of life..the simple moments where we slow down and allow life to trickle over us where the miracles lie. I hope you can take a few moments to watch and really allow the message to sink in...and then go do something fun or wild or even just take a minute to look around you at all the beauty and know it was created for you...for you...all for YOU...make a moment worth remembering and be awake in your life...and you will hear that still, small voice again as it says, "you are loved." You would have to be deeply loved for there to be so much beauty and blessing created in the world to take your breath away. I often feel this deeply when I am gardening. The world could've been created in black and white and we would never have known any better, but, no. There are more varieties of colorful flowers, birds, and butterflies than I will ever be able to see and it makes me think that God must've been having a ball when creation was taking place. It is as if I can hear Him saying with total excitement, "Oh, look at this flower..this one is really going to knock her socks off!" All out of love for a child that He wants to fill with glee and when I take the time to look, I get it and am indeed, filled to the brim with glee...and joy...and awe. I believe that is the message in the movie of our lives and it deserves to be heard, for it is the only way that we can pass it on to our children and help others to be fully awake in their lives so they can hear it too. So, we need to put down the blackberries (and I don't mean the fruit!) and step away from the television and let our children go outside once in awhile leaving their video games behind and let that trickle of life just saturate us with simple moments of bliss..find a snippet of time and plant a seed ...you never know what might happen...you might just grow a miracle. Have a blessed week and love to you all!