Collages (November 22, 2012)

…Opening To…

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. (Meister Eckhart)

…Listening In…

After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:30-32; context)

…Filling Up…

About six years ago a woman broke my heart, thus spiraling me into the worst year of my life: I sunk into myself, hardly spoke to my friends, and rarely left my futon. I couldn’t let go of the vision of the future life that I had invented for myself. I couldn’t understand why God would take away the person that I thought was going to be my wife.

What I didn’t realize at the time is that God doesn’t comprehend our lives in the limited linear fashion that we do. When this woman broke up with me, my vision of the future became firmly cemented in the past. My future was empty, or so I thought. But I think that God comprehends our lives as a whole – not as a series of events. We view our lives as though flipping through the pages of a magazine, one to the next. God sees our lives as collages, in which all the pages are pasted together.

So today, I invite you to give thanks for something in your past that didn’t seem like a cause for gratitude at the time. Reflect on how this event fits into the overarching narrative of your live. I give thanks now that I didn’t marry this woman, because the person I would go on to marry was living in another state at the time. I just hadn’t met her yet. But God already knew her. God had already pasted her page into my collage. I would reach her in time. Thanks be to God!

…Praying For…

Dear God, you know our pasts, our presents, and our futures. Help me to take the long view of my own life, trusting in your directing creativity to lead me on the best paths, even when they seem difficult at the time. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

…Sending Out…

I leave this moment with you, God, eager to look for your blessing in my life and eager to be a reason that others give thanks to you.

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