by Christine Sine
This week I have cheated a small. Rather of breaking down a different wall, I decided to rearrange the walls in my Lenten garden. The 3 remaining walls now kind a protective barrier across the back of the garden and in front of the barrier I have planted 3 crosses. Each and every time my eyes drifted towards my garden now, my breath caught and my gut churned as I focused on these crosses across the top rated of the flourishing plants. I was reminded of the discomfort and suffering Christ endured to make it feasible for us to flourish and come to be complete. What a sacrifice God willingly created to see walls broken down and barriers rearranged in my life and in our globe. As Lent draws towards Holy Week that is exactly where most of our eyes are focused. For our loving, caring God no sacrifice was as well excellent to break down the walls of hate and suffering and brokenness in our globe.
Ironically I was so focused on the crosses now that it was effortless for me to entirely miss the beauty of the plants in front of them. However as I intentionally focused on the plants and marveled at their beauty, I was reminded that the complete glory or God is revealed in the light of the Cross of Christ it is not the Cross itself.
I believe at times our eyes are as well focused on the cross. Our story ends on Excellent Friday rather than Easter Sunday. as well focused. In our globe as well it is effortless to concentrate on the damaging, the troubles rather than the answer, the photos of despair rather than the glimmers of hope.
I believe it is time for us to “read life differently’ to see the hope beyond despair, the glimpses of healing and wholeness in the midst of the ravages of illness and heartache, the beauty of new life exactly where death has reigned.
I was pondering about that this week as I talked about my new book The Present of Wonder and study by means of the responses men and women are sending me as they study the book. The joyful photos I have been sent, and the comments about awe and wonder have shocked me. My personal growing joy and delight as see their creativity have spurred me to my personal new expressions of awe. I have added awe and wonder plane trips to my awe and wonder walks, (yep, I am the 1 with the window shade open when you are attempting to watch a film on your screen) delighting in the unfolding of God’s beauty beneath me.
Focusing on joy invigorates and empowers us. Awe begets awe. As we take notice of the awe inspiring elements of our globe, we start off to notice awe and wonder wherever we go, even in grief ravaged faces and devastated landscapes. Then our faith grows and our belief in the capacity of God to transform all issues is renewed.
A single of my favored go to areas for fantastic news stories is the fantastic news network. Stories like this 1 about the nations across Africa that are planting a excellent green wall of trees, convince me that if we enter every single day with a sense of awe and wonder and appear for the fantastic issues God is carrying out our attitude towards life will adjust and our capacity to see beyond the cross to the new globe God is making will be transformed.
Go for a stroll about your neighborhood. What catches your interest? What provides you a sense of awe and wonder? How does this make you really feel? How could you incorporate a every day dose of awe and wonder to your schedule? What influence do you believe it could have on your life?
Meditation Monday – Study Life Differently was final modified: April 8th, 2019 by