Convergences...

I have had the most amazing journey over the last month or so. I've been so busy that I haven't had time to post anything to this blog, but I've come to a point that I felt I wanted to share the blessings that God has brought my way these past six or so weeks, and the thoughts that have accompanied these events. 

I have stated several times over the course of my posts that we need to be more concerned about the journey than the destination, that we need to make sure that we're not so heavenly minded that we're no earthly good.  Micah 6:8 sums it up rather nicely: "Human being, you have already been told what is good, what Adonai demands of you - no more than to act justly, love grace, and walk in purity with your God." (Complete Jewish Bible)

Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves, that all the rest of the commandments hinged on these. When asked who was our neighbor, we got the story of the Good Samaritan. To the Jewish community of the day, the Samaritans were "...regarded as racially inferior interlopers, and their religion as a spurious counterfeit." They were outside the mainstream of Jewish society, and they did not think or act or believe like the rest of the Jewish culture. For Jesus to put one in the "good guy" role of his story was his way of getting his people to cast aside preconceived notions about race and religion and love folks the way God does.

I think that God brings people into our lives for many different reasons. They may be assigned to us for a day, a season or a lifetime. Whatever the length of time they are here though, we should strive to learn from them, bless them, and love them the way God loves us. Over the course of the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to meet several people that I find myself blessed by, just to know them.

The first one is my new friend Sarita. We met through a freelance website and we are as different as night and day. I'm a conservative Christian. She is a liberal, "new age" type of girl. We come from backgrounds that are as diverse as one can imagine. Our life experiences are nothing alike. Yet...we shared a connection right from the start. We respected our differences and concentrated on those things that we had in common. On the surface that commonality didn't seem to exist.

But...

Aren't we both human beings, with dreams and aspirations and cares and worries and loves and friendships? Aren't we just trying to make it through one day at a time the best way we can? As writers, don't we both understand and feel the joy and struggle of putting pen to paper, so to speak? Aren't we both women with the shared feelings and quirks that accompany our gender? As I took that closer look, I began to see how much united us.

She has blessed me with her encouragement and made me laugh with her irreverent take on things. She has been a friend that has checked in on me and asked how I was doing. I will probably never meet her face-to-face in this life. However, I'm thankful that God has allowed this convergence of our separate paths during this time in my journey, and whether it's for a season or longer, I am richer for knowing her.

Another is my new friend Brian. His outlook on life can be summed up in one sentence - be thankful for everything. He's just happy to be here. His beliefs can be called a blend of many different faiths, all pointing to what he terms "the Divinity." Are we different? Oh yes! But he makes me laugh, he makes me think, and he makes me remember that everything is a gift - whether it's the house I live in, the rustle of leaves in the wind, the quiet of the early morning hours as I type this blog post, or the cup of coffee I enjoy in the morning time. He has helped me to remember that thankfulness is an attitude and not just a spoken word of appreciation. He has reminded me that time is fleeting and that we are not promised any more than this moment and that we should make the most of the moment.

Hopefully our paths will converge long enough to have some interesting discussions on faith, politics, and life in general. If not, I want him to know I'm thankful we met, and I'm glad for the reminder to be in awe of God's creation and appreciative of my life. 

Life is a gift. Friendships and family are gifts. Feeling the coolness of the floor in the morning beneath feet that have just crawled out from a warm bed is a gift. The laughter of a child or the happy bark of a dog is a gift. Trust and loyalty given us are bountiful treasures. We have so much, but do we really see it? 

I would like to encourage you as I've been encouraged these last weeks. Be a blessing to those around you. Speak words of life and encouragement to family, friends, even the stranger on the street. Cultivate thankfulness as a heart attitude and not a word to be tossed around. Stop, get off the hamster wheel and enjoy the life that God has given you. Take pleasure in the small things. Build memories in the moments.

Above all, take the time to build a relationship with the God that gifted you with all this in the first place. He delights in you. He loves you. He calls to you.

Take the time to heed the call.

5 comments:

Sarita Writes said...

Hanne,

I think you summed it up perfectly. Although we come from different perspectives, we are far more alike than we are different.

And to think that I almost let you get away from me, fearing that our differences might not allow me to write for you the way you needed. I am so glad that I was smart enough to allow you to be as smart as you are. After all, it was you who had the wisdom to see what I almost couldn't.

You're a gem and a person with a huge heart and no amount of different perspectives can alter that at its root, we have the same core beliefs - love thy neighbor as thyself (sorry it's been a while, hope I got that right) and be good to yourself and the universe will respond and be as honest as you can be, always!

I am grateful to have met you and not just as a client, but as a friend, whom I hope to one day meet.

Please take care of yourself. You work way too hard and we all need you! You have an important mission here on earth. <3
xoxo
Sarita

Joanne Sher said...

What a wonderful, and inspiring, post, Hanne. Praying for relationships just like this.

Laury said...

You are right on, Hanne. I have lots of friends, too, that don't believe the same that I do but we get along famously and respect each other. and
Sarita is right - you DO work too hard, way too hard, girlfriend:)

Sherry said...

You're in my head again. I'd tell you to get out except that it would appear that I've been spending some time in yours as well. It is encouraging to know that I follow in the footsteps of one so talented as you. You are a gift and yes, I am taking your advice. I am pleasuring in the little things like being like minded with such a special person. God is good.

Anonymous said...

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