So this happened…
My wife was sick. My son was sick. My daughter was not feeling well. Needless to say, nobody was feeling like a light in the darkness, God’s gift to the world — including me!
With no joy and solely in fulfillment of my responsibilities, I took the dog for a walk. As I walked I began to relax. I began to enjoy the cool breeze and the audiobook to which I was listening. I sensed my spirit and emotions releasing their tension. I started to feel… good.
And then there was a guy edging his lawn. I was kinda mad at him for edging his lawn because I was, a moment ago, starting to feel some tranquility return to my soul. I crossed the street so that I could continue to hear at least snatches of the audiobook to which I was listening. And walked on.
I turned the corner and heard another small 2-stroke motor. I looked up and I saw a guy blowing off his yard with a backpack leaf blower. I thought, “Oh really!” as I started to tense up again.
Then — I kid you not — as I watched leaf-blower-guy and tried to figure out when I should cross the street to keep the sound at a distance, another guy a few doors down started cutting wood in his driveway with a table saw! I may have growled like a bear. I was really growing annoyed because the calmness I had begun to sense on my walk was being forced out of my head by home maintenance equipment. Then, three houses beyond that there was a guy power washing his driveway!
And then I started laughing. Really? A blower, then a table saw, then a power washer? Did someone design this little stretch of road just to unnerve me and steal my peace?? A little annoyance can be annoying, but that was over-the-top. It was just funny. Like a scene from a movie.
I think I’m ready to be God’s gift to the world again. But I would have chosen the tranquility of a relaxing, peaceful walk over the harsh buzz of three motors as my path to peace!
What gets under your skin and keeps you from fulfilling your destiny as God’s gift to the world? Can you get to a point where you laugh at it?
Grace and peace to you, God’s gift to the world,
Grace and peace,