You and I have flags waving in our lives, everywhere, all the time, blatantly. Yet, at least in my life, I tend to ignore my life’s flags. I do not want to see the leading indicators. I refuse to accept the directional indicators of my journey. I deny the reality of my actions, choices, and priorities. I know my actions make for a self-created blindness, however living in a darkness of my creation appeals as a easy solution to the challenges of the normal day.
Two statements recently caught my eye, reminding me of the flags I often deny. The first came with the Spirit’s feedback to one individual. “Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God's attention.” (Acts 10.31)
Second was a quote from the New York Times. “Healthy living doesn't happen at the doctor's office. The road to better health is paved with the small decisions we make every day. It's about the choices we make when we buy groceries, drive our cars and hang out with our kids.”
I am in a fortunate position. My primary task in life is to be alive, holding onto to Hope’s hand, letting my body heal. Anything that is done in addition to the primary is, at best, too much. Yes, at times permits doing more is ok. However, the primary is key! My focus is consistently pulled back to a simple equation. Am I executing the requirements of my task? Can I simply be in the moment at hand? Will I let myself experience the wonder, awe, and joy that Hope brings?
I know the answer any and everyone would give on my behalf. I also know that the obvious answer is not always so obvious in my life! Your life and mine is not occurring in someone’s office or on her or his terms. Our lives are being played out in the moment that we are in. You and I are exercising freedom. What we are doing is the journey.
Letting go with God is liberating. It is our calling.