There is a synergy at work in the world, and sometimes I just marvel at it. There are times when meeting new people, or just hanging with people you know, that some other odd connection pops up. It makes the world seem smaller, and less daunting, somehow.
I saw a posting on Facebook today where all these people were opining and it was so fun to see disparate people, who I know do not know one another, chat and yet, I know both of them. It was pretty neat because they live on opposite sides of the country, and still found common ground, and I was able to witness that. I had nothing to do with it, either, I just happened upon it. I think that is so awesome.
I was reading about some guy on a reality show tweeting something that people found offensive. He made a couple of statements about how the “US is a great place to live, but you need to know there is a lot more out there.” And with all that is going on in Ukraine, with Russia, and our part in Afghanistan, with Britain giving its input, and stories out of South America, stories of things happening in Africa, it does seem like the world is smaller these days. When my kids were traveling from Hawaii back to Alaska, we were talking about the long flight (with a 4-month old and 2-year old, and a husband on crutches, it was LONG) between the two places. But imagine going on “vacation” where you had to travel by boat? From Alaska to Hawaii? Days and weeks, not hours. When my parents immigrated to the USA, they came via steamer from New Zealand. It took weeks and weeks. And I remember as a child, we had to schedule, in advance, a phone call with my grandparents in New Zealand, to talk on Christmas Day, from California. There was only one cable linking the two places, and phone calls were very limited. We only spoke briefly, and rarely, to my grandparents. They received some news, fashion, and the latest technology usually a year or two behind us. We were separated by an ocean. Much the same was happening to my husband’s family still living in Russia, and with his family here. The only conversation allowed was by letter, and that was spotty, at best. Technology has changed all of that. We are now smaller, and closer, and more quickly connected than ever before.
I’m not, technically, Orthodox, although we call ourselves, “Orthodox In Communion With Rome,” but I had to share that photo! There has been all sorts of communication going on, otherworldly, and worldly, for thousands of years. And every once in awhile, God allows us a little glimpse of His handiwork. And today, seeing disparate friends communicate through Facebook, neither knowing that either of them knows me, was a peek of how awesome Our God truly is. He gave me a little smile, caused by a little glimpse into how He is working, constantly, in our lives, even when we don’t have the hard and fast physical evidence in front of us to “prove it.”
We are now completing our first full week of Lent. And God continues to move across His landscape. I’ve seen some amazing sunrises lately, and I’ve seen some beautiful sites in our little world up here. I’ve gazed into the face of my adorable grand daughter, and seen a priceless smile as she gains my eyes and recognizes me. My grandson’s unfiltered laughter just makes my heart sing. Watching my granddaughter on a video on my phone (she lives far away) smiling and laughing into a toy phone (that’s my girl!!). These are precious moments captured for me, that show the goodness we have in our lives…and the overabundance of Grace working in them. There is so much to be grateful for, and difficulty (all on our side) of receiving that gift from God seems ridiculously easy…just faith in God. So simple. So uncomplicated. And yet we buck conformity to religion all the time. God left us His will in His Apostles, and His Tradition was exercised in His Church for 100s of years before we even had a Bible. We trust in all of it because trust is part of believing. The Book of Hebrews, chapter 11, talks about the faith: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) It goes on and on, telling us what we believe is based on faith and trust in God. So many examples from Abel and Abraham, to Isaac and Moses – the faith we were given goes back 1000s of years, to the beginning of time, itself.
In her wisdom, the Church has asked us to focus these 40 days on our faith. Today I saw that faith revealed in such simple ways. It is amazing what you see when you take the time to focus.
Blessings on our continued Lenten journey….