"Life is pretty much a series of surprises,"
- Calvin M. Klopp
I was reflecting on an incredible week with a partner organization, iHelp Globally, (of whom I might add still have limited availability for an amazing journey down the Amazon River providing medical services to the locals which is slated for August 11-20, 2014.) and I was thinking on the process. I always become greatly engrossed in the process of an experience or event of which clearly has a beginning, middle, and an end.
The most engaging and truly confronting reality to the beginning and the end is manifested at any international airport. It is clearly one of my most favourite aspects of travel is wrapped tightly in the precious art of "people watching." As in whichever international airport throughout our global community, people are departing and arriving. Some of those emotional transport hubs have massively oppressive metal divisive doors separating Passport Control and Immigration Points. Highly toxic with emotion, people gather around the people eating monster that sucks people into the port of travel to other cultures, people, languages, and environments, and share in humanity's forever going relational experience. Some cry while others hug and smile. Red eyes puffy with oozing discharge of grief are sure telling expressions of the traveler's farewell.
I, along with so many other thousands of airport hub participants engage this very emotional exchange. It all begins with a starting point. The fresh arrival of meeting an individual beholds the precious depths of the divine crossing of a path. One individual's arrival into your life adds an incredible gem of great glimmer to your journey. Your path, and the very steps you take are suddenly altered by one initial greeting from who was once a stranger. It happens to me when groups come to serve. I am always, never failed, amazed to experience the process of divine encounters. The miraculous experience of knowing someone is truly life changing.
The divine crossing of paths happens everyday in our routine. The challenging aspect that we are faced with as humans is the recognition of its potential life altering results. Do we take the time to digest the possibility of the divine crossing of paths between ourselves and the individual that we just became acquainted with ?
Do you have the time? Do we engage the moment? As a precious soul mentioned to me this past week, "You must learn to live in the moment,"
Profound words of truth spoken at a divine moment of path crossing. To one the path clearly would have been a routine part of the daily life of an individual with no lasting or lingering shimmers of divine intervention. The words spoken ever so lightly by one is received ever so deeply by another. a humble walk will never go unnoticed although perhaps never seen. A heartfelt sense of authentic gratitude for each who walks the steady pace of compassion. The humble words spoken in a hushed whisper of comfort are flown straight into the soul's most intimate workings of emotions.
I remember, while listening to somewhat subdued melodies of memories, the past week's conversations, dialogues, and visual input that has been forever imprinted into the heart of my journey. Only a few individuals along my journey through life have the ability to leave such an impact of great magnitude. Whether it be through a common goal, passion, or profession, certain individuals are destined to have stumbled onto the same steps along the path.
However, an alarmingly realistic thought about divine interactions, interventions, and relational commencements are the long winded farewell which leads to questions of why.
Why do I experience such a great joy in meeting an individual with only the soon and regretable farewell ? (Now we insert airport).
Considering optimistic opportunities, I must refrain from diving into the whys of goodbyes with only the reassuring comfort that there are a few individuals that have reached into the eternal part of my journey. There are a few precious individuals that I simply daily with great humility thank my Creator for their divine connection along the path that we name life.
With a gentle kiss to the Cross of sacrifice, I realize that those individuals have sacrificed much. As I recall one of my closest family or friends sharing with me during the saddest part of grieving my mother's flight from our global community to her heavenly realm,
"We hurt so much because we love so much,"
The human experience involves pain. As one reminded me just even today that in the rain of tears comes the growth and change...
I will become a better person today because of a divine crossing yesterday which will enable me to reach out tomorrow to strive for a step further in my own personal growth toward becoming the person that my Creator made me to be. I humbly whisper a prayer of gratitude for those who never departed from my journey when I had to dust the dirt off of my body and stand back up and peer upward toward the sky's great vastness of beauty.
Precious souls have filled up my heart with great understanding that this journey is not one that I walk alone. Perhaps some of those precious souls that I have been so grateful to see in the divine crossing of paths will be ones that choose to make the eternal destiny. Having to deal with my ever crazy personality, behavior, quirks, and weaknesses prooves patience being poured out by those incredibly loving individuals that have chosen to walk destiny's eternal walk with me. For them, I am forever in love and grateful for their gesture of the compassion of my Creator's great mercy...
They are ones that help me reach for the inner light of true authentic genuineness to be the very person that my Creator has created me to be, nothing less, and certainly, humbly stated nothing more... Thanks to those great and beautiful hearts that mend my tears from my eyes to my soul. Thank you for helping me to reach for the Light.
The door of destiny's eternity.
Precious hearts of great love to bring hope to the ongoing adventure of expanding humanity's loving grace to others. Its all included in the great crossing of divine friendships and relationships and intimacy that will carry us across destiny's final line.
Only I wait with a deep heart of expectacy that those will embrace with the grace, mercy, and unconditional love of great humility.