People people everywhere… not a soul in sight.
I’m sitting at the local Panera today, the melancholy strands of some forgotten classical composer matching my mood this morning. Last night’s fight with the hubby still stings in my heart as I try to drown my feelings in a cup of coffee.
It’s a brand new year, but I’m not writing resolutions, or setting goals like I did last year. I had all kinds of plans to expand my business, learn new things, and get in shape…and look how that turned out. I feel like I tried so hard, and everyone around me kept saying, “you can do it, mind over matter, push yourself!” But that didn’t make the pain go away. That didn’t give me the energy to do what I wanted to do. So maybe it’s better to take each day as it comes…
As I sit here lost in my thoughts, other conversations filter through my conscious.
- At my 2 ‘oclock, an older man describes his ministry/business to a younger man, perhaps in hopes of bringing him onto the team. Listening to him describe the work-load, the mission trips, and “scalability” it brings me right back to my former life…and I miss it. I wish I was sitting here waiting for a meeting of my own.
- At my 11 o’clock, 2 women sit on the same side of the booth, people-watching and giggling, 2 friends sharing a little life before they go their separate ways. As they stand to leave, I notice the thinner one is older…maybe they are mother and daughter…then I see she carries a cane, and her daughter/friend throws away their trash for her. Even with a limp, she has a better attitude than I do today.
- At my 9 o’clock 2 more women sit across from each other, laptops open. The one on the left is self assured, prattling away a mile a minute as she explains a computer system to the girl on the right, who bites her lip in concentration and stares harder at the screen – as if that will help her make sense of it all.
Then, in the middle of the room, a young woman takes a phone call. She looks troubled, then grabs a napkin and writes with her purple pen: Jan. 29, 10am, doctor B. What is she thinking? Why does she look troubled? Well, I know, because that young lady is me.
In that moment as I looked at the napkin, I was struck in awe of the vastness of the world, and the multitude of people within it, that all have responsibilities, family, a job, an agenda, maybe even a broken heart…and God knows them all. That just astounds me! I think one of the reasons that community and connection and conversation mean so much to me is that I see the Great Creator at work when I get a glimpse of someone’s life, and see a reflection of my own. I wish I could just plop myself down at the table and join in…and want to meet them all!
People are so much more alike than we are different…and yet at the same time each person out of billions is remarkable and unique. Doesn’t that just boggle your mind? Does it stop you in your tracks to think that at any given moment, there is someone like you in the world who is in the same situation…and someone else at the same time who may never experience what you’re going through, yet will still feel what you’re feeling?
I don’t know what God or the Evil One have in store for me this year…but I pray that the Lord will use me for good. I pray that whatever talents He has entrusted to me will not go to waste. I pray that what I am learning about myself and the world will not be in vain. I think there is a reason humans have the ability to communicate on such a specifically in-depth level. No other creature can do that! It must be for a purpose right? There must be a heavenly value in learning and understanding and appreciating what each of us brings to this world. Perhaps my goal this year will be to figure that out.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”