I spend week after week writing these blogs, as people tune in from around the globe to see what I have to say next (for reasons beyond me at times). I started this journey for a number of reasons– not the least of which was to provide some sort of written record of my existence on this lonely planet and show how deeply connected God is to the simple things I observe. Day by day I find myself looking through a virtual window at the world. I watch the world around me like it is a sort of movie created just for me. What is God saying to me now? What does this situation have to do with my faith? What is the plot of this organic film? The people surrounding me on the plane right now are a cast of actors placed here to interact with each other to form the story which will be burned into the sands of time. I wonder what their stories are, where they came from, and why they are travelling with me at this moment. It is a live improv I observe, and I see God in it all.
It is easy for me to look out a window at the world. I have spent most of my life observing my surroundings, and just meditating on their significance. I would not say that I am an introvert, but I would say that when it comes to making any true emotional connections, I prefer to be closed inside my box. It’s safer here.
I have been told that I am a very difficult person to read in terms of my emotions. My wife tells me that I need to smile more when I am having fun. I guess I am so busy observing the situation that I forget to show others that I am enjoying myself. It’s a strange problem to have.
It was not until a couple of years ago that I started writing and the response has been amazing. I am not sure if people finally felt that they were better able to connect with me, or if it was just easier for me to express myself through writing. Either way, it has truly been an amazing experience for both my spiritual and personal life. God has breathed life into my mind and spirit of bottled up inspiration. He is painting more pictures and challenging me in more ways than I can explain. Perhaps this is my calling.
As this thing continues to grow, I am often fearful of the wide window into my soul more and more people have. The vulnerability however is worth the inspiration and hopefully challenging thoughts God has put on my heart to share.
This brings me back to my box. My cinema screen in front of me is not without a call to action. My action is writing this blog each week. Hopefully these posts inspire people each week to take action of their own. Write a letter to a loved one, pray for a friend, or even start a journal of your own. Take the time to connect with God this week and every week. As this blog continues to grow, and I see subscribers from around the world, I would pray that we would hold ourselves accountable to action. Observations are only the first step. Action is where God makes things happen. Thank you for reading.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35 NIV)