Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Effects of Changes

This morning I walked out to my car to discover that the combination of overnight humidity and temperature had created a work of art across the entire length and breadth of my vehicle. The time was about 7:42 according to the wrist clock. Usually I'm in a hurry to scrape the windows(after starting the engine, of course), but today the patterns on the hood captivated me. The little digital on my belt bag does a quick job for recording a multitude of things, and did not fail me today. Probably all of us have seen these things at one time or another without taking much notice other than to remove the obstacles that impair one's vision while driving. Tonight I reviewed the pics and did different variations of coloring in the 'puter program stuff from Picasa, added text and put them out here. The heat of the engine rapidly dissipated the frost from the hood. The scraper and heaters did the job for the windows, and in the midst of it the images were gone, except for the thoughts that nagged at the back of my mind during my drive to the country. Our lives are altered in one way or another by circumstances beyond our control quite often. We approach those alterations much in the same way I usually handle frost. We get rid of the impediment to our goals as quickly as possible. Automatically we run through our intentionally formed habits of eradication without observing what it is we are changing. Quite often I speak about how I "need" to listen better to what God is telling me instead of pushing onward with my agenda. This morning I considered the beauty of a natural occurrence and it made me think that I miss out on a lot of neat stuff because of my plans and the "time" I hesitate to lose when confronted with change. Tonight I wonder, "Does God bring about change in me that I fail to recognize simply because I'm trying to get on with my own agenda?" Out here on the Great American Desert the weather changes things drastically, often. Doesn't matter what time of year it is! Everywhere God is busy changing people. Doesn't make any difference where we are at in our life's journey. Are there times when I simply "brush off" the changes and get on with my "stuff?" The answer is yes! The question is, "Are there times I need to really look at the changes before getting on with my program?" Again, the answer is a resounding, "Yup!" I'm going to have to take a little more time looking around at what's happening and see what I'm missing. Makes me think, ya know? In Christ's Love, Preacher.

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