Today cameras are as close as our cell phones. Pretty much at the end of our arms at all times. Pictures of meals, pets, gardens and of course our selves are posted, tweeted and shared all over the world. Are we too busy taking pictures of memorable beautiful moments to stop and enjoy the moment?
On my way home one evening there had been a summer rain shower. Sitting at a stop light I looked up to see the most beautiful full seven-color spectrum rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Right in front of me. Admittedly, I started to reach for my phone to snap a photo. I stopped. Instead of taking a picture and posting it, I just enjoyed God’s handiwork. It was a beautiful quiet moment.
There is a lot of chatter these days of everyone being too plugged in. We are. We are rushing through our days, living for the weekend and not experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and tastes we encounter. Breathe for a minute. Look around you. What’s new or unusual? What are the stories in the lives of all the people you are rushing by?
Today I find myself thankful for the storms of life I have journeyed through. Yes, I said storms. It’s those rainy, cloudy and gloomy times that allow for great potential of patience, fortitude and faith to blossom. The hardest part of these storms is that there is no RADAR in which we can know how long they will last. We can be driven into a dark tunnel.
Every minute we are in the tunnel we have choices: to move forward and find the other end or to just sit down, never finding the joy and peace that lurk on the other side. Sometimes groping our way through the dark is uncomfortable and awkward. While we feel our way through, the rough edges leave us with a new roughness on the outside, but also leaves us different as we emerge. In the storm and the dark tunnel we find we are tougher than we thought, on the other side we learn how wonderful being changed can be.
Emerging on the brighter other side, we either move forward dragging the puddles of the storm with us, or we move forward standing tall having survived, but not without a few painless scars that only show when we choose for them too.
Today I am thankful for several storms I have overcome. They are long behind me, but today I was able to reach into the tunnel to shine a light for a friend in need of knowing the storm is only on one end of the tunnel. Today, I am grateful for being comfortable enough with the journey I have made, to be very real with my friend. I will gladly shine the light on her path until she emerges.