Life has happened and I was gifted with a much needed time away. I am however back in the saddle, so to speak, and ready for this week’s blog! I think Papa God thought I needed a little more reflection time on today’s word of wisdom which is “Cherish”. That is what has been happening in my life.
First of all, let’s remember that awesome spectacle of God in Nature as many stopped dead to watch the magnificent show of the Lunar Eclipse. Clouds prevented me from seeing its live unfolding, but I have photography friends that did a marvelous job of detailing the event. Yes, it was awesome and a tangible example of the majestic creation of God.
As great a spectacle as that was, what has spoken to me even more are the moments in my life the past few weeks that I have come to hold dear, “cherish”. During that time I have undergone medical tests involving my heart while my husband and soul mate was out of town on business, a busy schedule of meetings and volunteering, a journey into the past with my Class of ’63 Homecoming and 70th Birthday Celebration, and five days visiting with my sister. Does it sound like a whirlwind?
Believe it or not, it wasn’t! Maybe it was the medical testing (by the way, all is good) that helped me focus on the things in life that really matter. Scripture says: “…we do not lose heart. Even though our outward body is perishing, yet the inward soul is being renewed day by day…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18
As I made this journey and looked at this imperfect but wonderful life I have been given, I found that I “cherished” the small things. The moments in time! How precious are the connections with loved ones, even if only by a phone call! The prayers that are offered, the smiles on friends faces as we gathered together. The journey to my high school alma mater and the memories that flooded my mind while sitting at a high school football game rooting for a team that would once again lose; but the losing was no longer important. It was the friends, the place, the beautiful weather, and Papa God was in there and all was right with the world.
What I have learned once again is how precious life is here in this crazy mixed up world. We need to strive for growth and perfection, but in the process to not lose sight of the fact that this battle here on this plane is not ours. The battle belongs to God and with God “all things are possible.” My challenge today is to remember to “cherish” life, the little things, the things one cannot see, for there we find God.
Leanne Urban Hermit