Tuesday, January 7, 2014
New Year, New Direction
This year my deep breath came on the second of January. I closed my eyes when I felt it tickle in the back of my throat, I let it come deeply, and as it filled my lungs I thought about my life. So many changes, I thought. I've been through so many changes over the past year and I have so many changes coming up in the present one. I felt a warm sense of accomplishment for the way I've handled the changes of the past year, and at the same time a sharp sting of resolve to handle the anticipation of the coming changes with more grace than I have been. It's been ugly, folks... the anxiety of this upcoming move has kept me awake at nights and the sadness I feel at leaving this lush east-coast for the barren desert rolls around inside of me like barbed wire. My mind has figuratively picked apart the desert countryside of my future and has been exploring the dark crevices of my fears. But they remain dark. I do wish the hot sun would shine on them and take the mystery away from their shadows, but that is not possible. I don't like the ugliness I feel, so by the time my breath slowly exhaled I had made my new years resolution. I will harvest beauty this year.
In order to help me with this goal, I've decided to give my blog over to the idea. I've changed the title from Turning Tomorrow into Yesterday into Harvest Beauty, and I will try to write my posts accordingly. I've found that, even through the darkest trials of my life, there is always beauty. Always something to hold on to, always something that shows that God is mindful of us and of our lives. This is my resolution this year. To remember that in every life painting, there is a brush stroke of beauty. Sometimes it's the entire painting itself, and other times it's hidden in the painting like a clever artists name. Regardless of its size, my goal is to find it, recognize it, harvest it, and keep it in my heart.
I'm reminded of the story of Joseph of Egypt who harvested and stocked and saved for seven years while the crops were plentiful, and when the seven years of famine came he was ready and did not suffer.
I will keep as much of the harvest here as I can so that it will be readily available to me (and to you if you want) when beauty is in short supply.
Here's to a beautiful 2014.