Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gifts Unopened

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We barley get a chance to slow down and breathe. Each day a form of the other. We have our chores, our rituals, our every day pacing out of the world we live in. Weather it's catching the latest company to shoot up in the market. Weather it's the local mail man, the home town mechanic, to the suit and tie manager, and blue collar engineer. Every where in between, we all have our To Do's.

For students, especially in college, school doesn't end at the last block of the day. Lab reports, test, exams, papers, they crowd our after hour pleasantries, and in stead of running out to the green fields, we are yet moved to yet another seat with another task. Through it all things slip unnoticed under the radar. So now all we have in our vision is Section 1-2, or Roman Law. Here we do not have parents, or friends, we romance with a text book, instead of channeling our inner Shakespeare.

I do not mean to say that these things need to be gotten rid of. For the inner beauty of this toil is lens it gives us to see what really matters. IT gives us a glimpse of the reason behind the struggle, the meaning behind the little cross we carry. We should reflect on the Cross, that no matter what amount of Kirchhoff law we need to get down, it wasn't anything to the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we can copy the reason for that most beautfiul sacrificial. Love.

It reminds me of an episode of White Collar. The main Characters Peter, and Neil are sitting at a table, talking about life, when Peter tries to relate and bond with Neil, and how he thinks Neil should turn to the good side, and stop running and being a thief. Neil asks why Peter doesn't go for it, "it" is the high life living and rush Neil gets from being a thief, and winders why Peter chose the life.

Peter then says something that was in my mind, seeing the gifts unopened. The gifts God has given us despite our imperfections, that fill our lives with ever more meaning . He says to Neal, that he was home at night lying next to his wife, she was reading and he was watching the game with Sach the dog at his feet and he realized, he is the luckiest guy in the world.

God doesn't give us things we can't handle. Everyday is something new, along the road of life. Those times where it is though, let us look to Heaven and lift it up to God. Whatever it is he'll take it. For it is nothing compared the the Cross. When we stumble he's there to lift us up. To help us move those mountains in our life.

Like the Joker says in the Dark Knight. "It's all part of the plan". Indeed it is. For what would life be without, well it's life-ness. Those gifts, whatever they me be are there, don't pass them by but work for them. In my own life God has given me many things, things I do not deserve, but He has willed it. Those things keep me going. Weather they are your own talents, or maybe a winning scratch ticket. Here and there and everywhere we are given something that says "I love you". This is life, the play of the Human Condition, we are the actors, and God is the Director.

And in those in between moments, the moments we savor, we should look up and say Thanks. Those times with those we care about, are there for a reason.  The love we feel , the sounds we hear, the air we breathe. The smell of the morning on the White Mountains, or the sun rise on the Berkshires. Yes we are loved that much. We our loved so much we have the blessing to feel love, to look at that one person on this earth that lights us up on the inside. We take those moments, the moments in between and hold on to them. For among the good and the bad they make up our life.

Today I spent time with the girl in my profile picture. For those times I know even better God loves me, for even in my unworthiness he brought us together. He didn't have to but he did, and when I have those moments, when I spend time with Her, between the chaos, between the hustle and bustle. I know the world is a pretty great place. That life is a pretty amazing thing and someone's got my back. So my heart smiles like an Irishman on a Friday during those times with Her, and I say cheers to the Lord for I am surely blessed. So ask yourself. What makes your heart smile? For God has not left you alone or abandoned.

"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness Put your trust in Yahweh. Many say, “Who will show us any good?”Yahweh, let the light of your face shine on us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and their new wine are increased. In peace I will both lay myself down and sleep,for you, Yahweh alone, make me live in safety". Psalm 4: 5-8

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