Friday, April 26, 2013

A Shining Shipshewana Moment

The week after Easter is usually a time when Sharon and I spend a few days resting.  This time the week ended with a quiet trip to Shipshewana, Indiana.  There we ate well, listened to sales pitches about the finest furniture in the world, and had lunch with some old friends.  It was a great way to end a week of rest.

As we visited the almost endless supply of souvenir shops, I came across these two simple yet profound statements painted on two simple yet compelling pieces of wood.  They now occupy a conspicuous place on my bookshelf.

They caught my attention because of some recent events that had left me bitter and thinking about life somewhere over the rainbow.  A week of rest provides some interesting perspective.....

Like, "At the other end of the rainbow there will be just as many trolls trying to steal  your pot of gold.  They are there, you can be assured of that, just because you can't see them yet, doesn't mean they aren't lurking nearby.  So, to mix yet another metaphor, bloom where you are planted is what indeed occurs when you water the grass at your feet rather than dreaming about "smooth turfing" somewhere else.

The  other block relates to how fatigue can taint your perspective on relationships, warp your thinking about what "they have done to me," and in general just plain ole steal your joy.  I found some interesting encouragement in an unexpected place.........As I was reading Patrick Lencioni's book The Five Temptations of a CEO where in the midst of the fable you find these words, "Sometimes its even OK to get burned, because you realize it's not fatal."  Not fatal indeed, and perhaps even instructive.  Still hurts, can led to great levels of disappointment, but not fatal.  So, maybe the apostle Paul was onto something when he wrote to some friends of his in a town called Philippi when he said,

....but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us.  Philippians 3:13b-14 NLT

Sometimes, you just need to take a nap and get over it.

Until next time......

Pastor Mike

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