Food For Thought: Set Time

I experienced a beautiful site last night you all! Sometimes my friends call me “one of those people”, people who find beauty and amazement in everything; I take it as a compliment. Well last night as I was taking my dog out to pee I turned into “one of those people”. The moon was so full and strikingly beautiful. I tried to take a picture of it so I could share it with you all but it was so bright that all I got through was a blurb. Even as the stars glistened in the sky all I could think was wow God is amazing. I stared in the sky and although twice I confused an airplane with a star but then realized the star was moving and blinking red, the stars I did see were truly a testament of God’s glory.  As I was standing outside staring into the sky I just remembered the story of the creation.

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.

14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.

Between day 1 and day 4 God perfected the differences with intention. Day and night, light and dark, earth and heaven were all separated, all offering different things for different times, all offering purpose. As I stood outside in darkness, in the night, I came to understand what nighttime was truly for. It was created to reflect, to listen, to hear, to remember, to have peace, to rest, to admire the beauty of things often unseen. Often times we don’t get to admire nighttime because we are sleeping, or out and about, or doing other things. Night comes and goes and comes and goes and we miss its beauty, its silent noise. People come and go and we miss their beauty, their truths.

I can’t imagine living in the city. I can’t imagine not being able to look out my window and see stars because of so many lights or high populations. We have to be intentional to see God’s beauty in both ends. Do you know it is much louder going for a walk at night than during the day? Every animal and bug just seems to be wide awake! Yet their sounds soothe better than car horns and conversations. Set time to escape into the night! Set time to look at the moon, the stars, to listen, to feel that peace to rest. What I experienced last night was beautiful not because it was nature, but because it was part of God’s first creation.  Are you going to set time to experience the same?

Food for thought: Where is your dependency?

Today was a beautiful day, until it no longer became beautiful. My friend was celebrating her birthday with a beautiful brunch and she looked sooo amazing! Everything was going well until I realized it was about to start storming so I decided to set out earlier than desired because I did not have my glasses to drive properly so I wanted to beat the storm. Well that’s when my day turned upside-down.

I set out on the road and my GPS decided once again it didn’t want to get me home. Next my phone decided it was time to die and hits 20%. Finally the storm started pouring, and I mean pouring! Within 10 minutes I hit a trifecta that I could not handle. I took the wrong exit and literally went from normally being 30 minutes from my house to about an hour and a half! I parked on the highway and just began to cry with my phone dead and the rain blurring my vision more. I had nothing to do. I honestly felt so abandoned because everything I was dependent on suddenly let me down. I started driving straight, thinking eventually I would find an exit or something and I did. I entered a residential area and was debating whether to knock on doors. At this point I had to use the restroom. (Side note: my friend had a brunch and she wanted us all in pajamas) What an image! As I’m driving and crying and driving I pass by a church. I literally parked and ran in because I noticed other cars in the lot so I knew someone had to be in there. The lady must of the thought I was crazy because I was out of breath and my makeup had tear stains but I didn’t care anymore. I asked her if she could give me directions so I could get back home and bless her heart she did.

I have never been so grateful for the kindness of a stranger in my life!  I was able to get back on the highway and make it back home. On my way home the storm had settled but my heart was far from settled. I felt so defeated, so put out-of-place because factors I would’ve controlled I was unable to and so I was literally lost in the rain. I remembered in the car when I had parked my faith was gone I was just crying and lost, as in I was calling God but He wasn’t near. However that’s not true. As I drove home the largest rainbow I had seen (if rainbows have sizes) shined brightly in the sky and I heard God simply ask, “Where is your dependency? What are you pursing?fullsizerender-1

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.” Ezekiel 1:28

In the middle of storms or when we are lost in life what are we turning to? I was depending on my glasses for vision and I forgot them. I was depending on my GPS and phone but it died. Heck! I was even depending on the storm to hold out till I got home but that was out of my control! I am not perfect, and so even in that moment I felt far from God, He was right with me the whole time, protecting me from accidents and leading me to the church, giving me vision to even see the church, and then reminding me of who He is with the beauty of a rainbow. That alone is a reason to be dependent on Him, because He brings us good things, because He is awesome.

 

 

Food for thought: Summertime Sadness?

Summer is officially over guys! Like the summer of 2016 will never happen again. I can honestly say that this summer has been my best summer since the summer of 2008. Everything I wanted to do this summer I got done. I saw people I wanted to see, I went places, and most importantly I left my comfort zone and just began to live. I didn’t worry about anybody or anything but took it all day by day and achieved the ultimate summer vacation! How sweet is that?

So now as the leaves begin to change colors and the air gets cool I feel myself starting this new season with a peace of mind and a pumpkin spice latte! Thank you summer 2016 and hello autumn!

Whether you had an amazing summer or a wacky one, begin to welcome this new season for all it has to offer.

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Food for thought: Beehive

We live very fast paced lives. We are always on the go, trying to do something, get somewhere, or be someone. Always on the move and we miss some very valuable reminders during the journey. I know for myself, I try to make intentional efforts to just slow life down even for a few minutes and breathe, reflect, live. For a few minutes each day just drop everything, phones, computers, people, and pretend nothing exists.

So, I live in a pretty suburban area, where you can hear activity from all corners but when it’s quiet, it’s quiet. Yesterday evening when the sun was finally going down and the heat was subsiding I decided to take my dog for a walk around the area. It was quiet, leisurely. I took deep breathes of fresh air (as fresh as it gets with all the trees being cut down) and walked. I reached a turn where there was a tree that stood a bit by itself. As I got closer I realized that it was not at all by itself, but had been occupied by a beehive. A HUGE BEEHIVE!  I Beehive-art-wanted to walk around it, but instead I was intrigued.  I stood and watched the hive for a few minutes, stillness; only one bee flew out, hovered around and went back in. I wondered what happened on the inside?

It takes about a month for a beehive to really show in structure. So it amazed me that the same journey I take to leave my neighborhood everyday, nature was doing something amazing and it was only then that I truly witnessed it. It was not just the beehive but the fact that as still and quiet nature may seem if you just take a minute to settle, and get away from your fast paced life you may see many other things living just as fast and beautiful.

Food for thought: Can you take a minute and slow down life’s pace? Allow yourself to get lost in the beauty of stillness, nature, anything other than what you normally do. Prepare for new outlooks.

Enjoy it. Enjoy the beehive.

Food for Thought: Chance Meetings

Maybe it’s just me, but have you ever thought to wonder how you met some people? Like what brought you and your best friend together? Often times we meet the majority of people through friends of friends, at school, work, other gatherings. Maybe you met someone sitting waiting for a bus and life just clicked, by chance.

I met a lady a few days ago. I was sitting waiting for the shuttle on my campus and she was talking to one of her friends. I wasn’t paying her much mind because I was hungry and so I was sitting on the bench thinking about my banana nut muffin I had forgotten in the car and hoping it was still edible; the sun was really showing off that day. Anyways, as I am pondering my muffin she sat down on the bench next to me and so I smiled at her. I didn’t want her thinking I was rude you know.

Side note: Always try to smile, you never know who is watching.

Here is how the conversation went, for confidentiality no names will be mentioned:

Lady “Oh my goodness I like your nails”

Me “ Aw thank you”

Lady ”What’s your name”

Me “ _________”

Lady “ Oh wait, are you Nigerian?”

Me “ Yea! How did you know?”

Lady “ My roommate is Nigerian so I know a little bit of the culture”

Me” Oh cool, what’s your name?”

Lady “ _______”

Me “ Oh my gosh I love that name, are you from Sp… “

Lady “My dad is Puetro Rican”

Me “ OH MY GOSH NO WAY!!

That was literally my reaction because I had just visited the island for spring break and it caught me by surprise that of all countries (I was going to say Spain) she says that one. We began to discuss how I got my nails done because of the trip and she asked if I went to the rainforest and how I enjoyed the island and the weather. I asked her about the last time she went and whether or not she spoke Spanish.

She then invites me to her church.

I find it funny the way people meet, they way that we can connect over nails and bring it back to God. I think that is the intention, maybe not always  God, but for things to just happen by chance. There are a lot of people you meet by chance that can often times have a larger affect on you than those you met on purpose.

Food for thought: Who was the last person you can say you are glad you met by chance? Now go let them know how amazing they have been.

I believe that some people are literally thrown into your life on a whim because even though you don’t know it yet, you may need them more than ever. Even though you don’t know it, their smile or kind heart has just made your day 110 times better. Even though you don’t know it, you are glad you met them by chance.