I saw a movie last weekend that has stayed with me, and in a very different way, inspired me. The word "destiny" was referred to a few times throughout the movie. It made me think of a Bible study that I am currently working through about a woman who was born for "such a time as this." In the movie, you could say that all that the young boy had been through, had prepared him for the moments he was now facing. Without question, he had experienced horrendous things in his formative years. In the end, however, he had the presence of mind to make each one of them count in a way he could have never anticipated.
Song lyrics from my growing up years also came to mind. 'Tapestry' by Carole King begins by saying, "My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the everchanging view, a wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold, a tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold."
Most of us can look back upon our lives and see a tapestry of sorts… a series of circumstances, choices and coincidences that form this life we now live. Certainly the circumstances we were raised in and the choices we have made along the way greatly define the present road we're on. The question though, is this… positive or negative, do we too have the presence of mind to make them count toward something great?
It happened the day I got my job. I had planned on staying home all day and pricing items for a garage sale I was having that weekend. I got the girls off to school and dug in on the project. An hour later, I hear that still, small voice tell me that I needed to "get ready for the day." After a bit of arguing with myself (?), I went upstairs, showered, and got ready for the day. I went back to the task that I had planned when that voice once again urged me to call Mischelle. I called her, and she said we could have lunch if I could be there in the next half hour or so. (So glad I was "ready for the day!") Nearly three hours later, I came home with a new job! To be honest, I don't think either one of us knew what my job description would be, but we both recognized it as a "divine appointment."
It happened in the first varsity basketball game of the season. My husband and I showed up to cheer our 16 year-old daughter on in her first game "starting" on varsity. Not even halfway through the game, she was down. Three appointments, an x-ray and an mri later, we discovered she would require surgery and be out of sports for the year. Tears, much heartache and many bills later, it is easy to question why and how things happen as they do. Good or bad, however, we believe there are lessons to be learned in every season. For now, she believes part of what she's supposed to learn is that God doesn't want her identity to be only as an athlete. I think that's a great start!
Can you think of stories you have to tell? Times that you thought it would be just another day, only to find out it was life-changing? Moments that you thought may hold an opportunity, but opened doors that you never expected? Conversations that turned into commitments and appointments that turned into activities you never could have planned for? Has someone crossed your path who has changed your direction? Does today seem like the worst possible time for that "something" to happen? Good or bad, it happens to us all.
Chance encounters aren't always accidental and what we perceive as coincidence isn't necessarily random. As we walk these life paths of ours and remain faithful to what's been put in front of us to do, let's endeavor to make our life lessons count for something. It may happen in the form of walking through an open door we never could have dreamed of, or simply touching another life as they walk a similar path.
This weekend, tell someone you love them! Happy Valentine's Day!