From A Mystic’s Point of View

The Smudge

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Of Wonders

Saturday 3 February 2024

Oh, How We Avoid,

The Crystal Clear Lessons of Darkness,

Building Fires

That Consume Even Us.

Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Matthew 4:19

And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’

Words of Grace For Today

Life is like the Milky Way, all out of focus, hinting that something is there, with a smudge across the still night sky, dotted by tingles of light.

So I thought as I stood at 3 am, after stoking the fire, in the quiet night, mild winter air.

Oh, that life were just that peaceful and still and smudged a creamy wonder! Then I see the space station bright, moving too fast to be a star or planet.

As I wonder what else is to be seen,

I grab at my glasses, realizing they are those for working on computers, close range top, closer range on the bottom, hoping to switch them for the distant glasses.

But they are no where to be found.

So I put on the computer glasses and what was just a smudge and a few tingles, starts to ring clear against the black of night,

yet the Milky Way is now a creamier cream with more hints of tingles spotting it up for the view.

Is life this way, out of focus, even at the best of times?

This is what it is like when we follow Jesus, when God instructs us: what were mere hints at God’s greatest wonders come into focus

against a back drop of so many wonders that we cannot distinguish one from the other.

And in the still of the deepest darkness

we realize that God always finds a way to show us the miracles of weakness,

of God’s all powerful love

for us

all.