Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders.
- Psalm 72:18
Walker Percy, in one of his novels, once asked the question, "What if you missed your life like a person misses a train?" It's a thought-provoking question. As I get older, life speeds up faster and faster. Where did all the time go? How did my kids grow up so fast? Where did all this grey hair come from? Sometimes I just want life to slow down. I fear I am missing the very life that has been given to me. How do I take it all in?
My friend Leighton Ford says life is not so much doing for God as paying attention to what God is doing. It's so easy to get lost in the doing. And in doing so much, we miss out on the sheer gift of being alive and savoring the many blessings God has given us.
What has God blessed you with that is worth attending to? A loved one? A beloved pet? The moon? How might we honor and savor the generosity of God by simply being present to the miracle of love and the mystery of love?
The question Walker Percy asked challenges me to think, "What if we get to the end of our lives and wonder what happened?" I don't want to have to wonder that!
Maybe Leighton is right. We don't have to miss the beauty and gift of life - if we can just stop and take in the depth and breadth of all the wonders.
With love and prayers,