God has been leading me these past weeks to a point–to an intersection of sorts–and now that I am here and standing in the middle of that intersection, I am ripe for revelation. I remember watching the movie Castaway in which Tom Hanks plays a Federal Express manager whose plane carrying Fed Ex packages crashes into the ocean and he is the lone survivor on an island in the middle of a vast ocean. He eventually gets off the island, but when he returns home he finds everything he is living for has changed. At the end of the movie he has a monologue where he says, “I learned I must just keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise and who knows what the tide may bring in.”
I am in a place where my future is uncertain. Tomorrow is not routine. Tomorrow the sun will rise but I don’t know what the tide may bring in. I don’t even know where I will be tomorrow when the tide comes in. As I have just kept breathing, however, this time of “no-where-ness” has become the perfect place for “now-here-ness”. One who is “now here” sees each and every moment and all that is encapsulated in a moment as meaningful and valuable. Andrea Dawn clued me into this. She calls it the Art of Life. Now-here-ness (what she calls “getting God’s message”) changes even the most-hardened castaway. I am proof of that.
For the rest of this week, I want to share with you the thoughts that have brought me to this intersection. It all began with a quote that Mary Ann, who some say could be my twin sister, posted on Facebook. The quote was by Samuel Johnson:
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
This began my relentless mini-pursuit to know the man whose quote so captivated me. Please come back tomorrow to see what I found out…about Samuel Johnson and myself.
All is grace,