2It is natural to want everything, now. This approach applies to everything in our lives. Ideally, I want a car that has the performance of the ultimate Corvette, gets forty plus miles for every gallon, and comfortably seats five. I know I will never get this, but I still find myself on an unending quest. The process does not end with cars.
I want to lose weight while not changing my basic lifestyle. I know this does not make sense. Yet the desire is there. I cannot seem to find the time, so no additional exercise except when it happens. I am overwhelmed, so no change in my rest (or lack of) or in my diet (healthy options). In spite of the overwhelming odds, I still anticipate dropping a few pounds. It is as if I am in a fight. The reality is quite different. “Doom to you who fight your Maker—you're a pot at odds with the potter! Does clay talk back to the potter: ‘What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!’” (Isaiah 45.9) In the back of my mind, I know the truth.
The depths that this form of humanness extends in my life are endless. Choices, actions, and priorities form in my heart only to find a very different expression in my journey. In my heart, I know the truth yet I want to believe everything will be ok. In my soul, I can feel the dissonance but I love to hear the harmony found only in my imagination.
Peace begins when we let our souls and the life we live collide. We, I need to experience reality. I need to know that God is the only answer that makes sense. I need to understand how far I am from my ideal. I must grapple with today’s blues. It is in this context that God’s gifts make sense. Compassion has a home in my life. Mercy is a blanket I need to protect me from the cold. Acceptance will provide a foundation that allows me to walk, even run.
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