Light and Presence

light through treeslight through leavesThe Light of the World doesn't look and feel the same every day.  

Some days, His brightness is overwhelming. His light seems to make all obstacles disappear in front of our eyes.

 

Other days, He flickers behind leaves, the subtlety of His beams creating its own beautiful dance of light.

 

photo 1(1)light behind cloudsSome days, He is easy to see but difficult to feel. Though He shines bright, the air still whips cold and harsh across our skin.

 

Other days, the air is thick with His warmth, but His light seems to be hidden behind the clouds.

 

Yet, no matter what we see or feel, one thing remains the same. He is always there. Present. Not just present, ever-present.

He is present above and before and beside us everyday, sustaining and upholding everything.

 presence of the light

No matter what I see or feel, I know that I know that I know the Light of the World is present with me and for me every step of the way.

And that makes all the difference.

 

Five Minute FridayThis post is linking up with Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. A weekly prompt with strict instructions: write for 5 minutes and post. No over-editing. No do-overs. An practice of freedom. A way to let go of perfectionism. An exercise for some not often used writing muscles. Read more posts or link up over there. Today’s prompt was: PRESENT. (Full disclosure: I write the post in 5 minutes, but I take a little extra time to create a graphic to go with it. I think that's still okay according to the rules...)

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Changing How We View the Present

  There was a wonderful moment earlier today. I was dressed and ready, cup of coffee in hand, sitting in the living room. The kids weren’t up yet. My view was of a calm and clean room, with the bright greens of spring looking in on me through the window.

 

The possibilities of a peaceful morning stretched before me.

 

But before I could act on them, the kids woke up.

 

And my view changed to chaos.

 

Instead of a clean room, there was a pile of toys. Instead of quiet space to write and reflect, there was whining and neediness everywhere.

 

view of past, present, & futureThis is one of life’s great temptations: to view the past as full of good memories, the future as full of possibilities, and the present as full of inconvenience.

 

We have to consciously change our view. And see the present with the eyes with which we might view it from the future.

 

To focus on the hand-holding more than the hair-pulling. To notice the smiles more than the cries. To play and laugh and wrestle and tickle, and view those things as the joy they are while the days are upon us.

 

As Andy Bernard said at the conclusion of The Office, “I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.”

 

So in the midst of the stresses, I want to change my view and see more. I want to see that the good days that are upon me.

Five Minute FridayThis post is linking up with Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. A weekly prompt with strict instructions: write for 5 minutes and post. No over-editing. No do-overs. An practice of freedom. A way to let go of perfectionism. An exercise for some not often used writing muscles. Read more posts or link up over there. Today’s prompt was: VIEW. (Full disclosure: I write the post in 5 minutes, but I take a little extra time to create a graphic to go with it. I think that's still okay according to the rules...)

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