The day after is always an eye opener. Most of the time one thinks of the term and reflection on the morning after a night on the town or the calm clear light of day coming fresh after a series of decision taken in the heat of the darkest night. In our home yesterday brought an experience more than fine, yet the morning still brings it icy dawn of reflection as the lull before the New Year begins.
If there is anything that strikes me about recent events, it is the power and need for friendships. Without these we lose track of what we are on the inside, hurt the very people we love, and frequently become something that even we do not recognize. Friendship’s mysterious flow of ideas, nurture, compassion, acceptance, and experience often starts with family and never really ends. We often put a fence around whatever it is however it is something that cannot be bound. Ultimately our thirst for its fullness can be found with God, but it is a thirst that is not easily satisfied.
Ironically, I find myself with the masses settling for something second best. The fact is that “the path of lazy people is overgrown with briars; the diligent walk down a smooth road.” (Proverbs 15.19) It may take more effort initially, but the results are life changing.
God gives each something unique, the chance to start fresh at anytime. The “day after” is a perfect opportunity if we want to take it! We know where we have been and so does God. We have an idea of where we want to be; God does as well. We are more aware of our weaknesses; God could really educate us on that front if we were open and willing. We carry our secret dreams; it is the ultimate of these that God wants to fulfill. God offers us to be Her child, His friend, and the chance to journey along life’s path with arms tightly wrapped around each other.
The day after is our beginning. Take it.