At the end of a cycle, a natural reaction pushes to overwhelm everyone; it is simply the sense of resting, reflecting, and remembering. It is natural. It is therapeutic. It is, in balance, healthy.
The cycle of winter has its place, yet it only comes after a period of work. Our design is not compatible with extended periods of idleness. The question is not of effort, we will extend our hearts, minds, and souls towards a goal. The uncertainty is simply one of focus. Where will our hearts rest? What is our foundation? Will we be our own person or the servant of another?
In my own efforts, I often find myself living in segments. Part of my life centers on earning enough to support my family. Yet there are other parts: observing the course and play of life around me, experiencing the joy of music and worship, and reaching out into the lives of those in my communities. Each segment exists within carefully constructed walls. Life follows a strict definition. Roles and responsibilities shape themselves within carefully crafted parameters. Even relationships follow a defined pattern. Divinity has its place, as do family, friends, and even strangers.
In contrast to this order is an invitation to participate in something bigger. “Fill in the valleys, level off the hills, smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks. Then God's bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. Yes. Just as God has said.” (Isaiah 40.4, 5)
We may not be aware of it; God invites us to participate in the restoration of life around us. We may be blind; Divinity is asking for our help in fulfilling Hope’s dreams. We may be struggling with demons and hells; Hope is available in the darkest of circumstances.
I shut my eyes and I see images of hope in the children of Chennai. I listen carefully and I can hear the sounds of compassion. I find the stillness within and I can feel the vibrations of peace. Today is open and clear. We are free to write our chapter.
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