As one who usually buzzes around the planet on auto-pilot, my days typically fade into each other without much thought or reflection.
Today as I absently sipped my green tea (ick – still trying to develop a taste for the green stuff) I had a revelation. My life is changing fundamentally – not just my routines, but my beliefs and habits and not in a bad way either. It was a timely thought for this season of epiphany which began on Jan 6 and runs through Ash Wednesday.
It occurred to me that if God can’t get our attention through the everyday miracles he sends us, He is forced to bring in the big guns. Such radical experiences can come in the form of a family tragedy, a critical accident or a terminal illness.
A mentor of mine once said, "If you want to change, you’ve got to grow and that can be uncomfortable and even excruciatingly painful. But it never ends there. Miracles happen. Just like a caterpillar which through time and effort goes through a life transformation, eventually what once seemed impossible bursts forth in beauty.
Some of our most fulfilling moments come when we get out of our comfort zone… when we take a risk by putting ourselves into new situations, with people you don’t know. Rough edges are sanded off. Vulnerability becomes a beautiful and magnetic quality and we find gifts we never knew we had.
Maybe it’s time to wake up to the possibilities and be present to each and every moment. Breathe deeply and be aware of what is happening both inside and outside of you. Figure out what you don’t want to see and ask why. We are given the opportunity to go through life, not have it go through us. Make the conscious decision to make each day count and today is a good day to start anew.