Friday, February 25, 2011

Now I See

She did not believe, in anything or anyone.  Eventually, life lost  meaning; it all seemed pointless.  Her world had fallen apart, not because of some big catastrophe, but because of the day-in and day-out tedious-and-mundane details.  It was as if the world lost color; everything looked gray.

Then, it happened, her story changed.  Not the fairy-tale-happily-ever-after kind of change, but, the miracle-it-had-to-be-God kind of change.   So. As strange and amazing as it sounds, she woke up to the presence of God after being diagnosed with cancer.
Underneath all the things that come with cancer, past all the things that could point to the end, she acquired life.  
She did not expect to enter into a relationship with God.  It never occurred to her that she would find life in God. What looked like an ending became a beginning, causing her to reconsider everything about life.  It's a great story about a life that was saved.  Actually, she came alive. She began to see with her heart.  The world was no longer gray or black and white, but made with God-colors, filled with light. In simple terms, she was given a chance to be alive.
It is the stuff of dreams that can only be of God, to have life in the middle of cancer. 
Medical science can help cut and burn cancer out.  But.  It takes God to give life.

Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him.  What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;  the darkness couldn't put it out. (John 1: 3-5, The Message)
John opened the story of Jesus with a powerful statement of Life.  The Message states it well, What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by.  The thing is . . . our daily stuff . . . the tedious and mundane, the good and bad, the sane and crazy, and the important and unimportant . . . look different when we see it all in the Light.  It is why we sing the words of Amazing Grace:
I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see. (John Newton)
 Wake up to Life, the Light to live by.   See the God-colors.  Experience life, regardless of circumstances.

Learning to Kickstart the day in and through Life, the Light to live by,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)