From The Storyteller
Hello All: Divine intervention happens in many different ways. God my attention with just a wink. Enjoy, Doug
“There is no such thing as a free lunch”, me remembering John Ruskin’s quote as I pondered options that would add light to our kitchen. My pondering was less about the cost of a new fixture and more about the amount of physical effort necessary to “get it done”. Unlike HGTV stars that totally rebuild houses in one hour, the price we’re considering “paying” is about what our bodies can reasonably afford to give.
This naturally suggested the phrase, “How hard can it be”, which are words I have spoken many times (often with regret). Recalling those times when an unknown suddenly became very important, brings me to the “F8” key on my computer keyboard. I’ve no idea what this key will do to my computer, and I’m okay with letting it’s function stay unknown, because my computer is working just fine. Being a believer in “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, I don’t even think about this mysterious key.
While my attitude of “leave well enough alone” works most of the time, there is one place that it is not helpful. It’s in my relationship with God. Far too often, when I’ve got things “under control”, I’m comfortable in that relationship, and when I'm comfortable God becomes more like the “F8” key that I don’t think about. When this begins to happen, the Creator of the universe becomes more like a distant friend, and that realization makes me uncomfortable.
Fortunately, God has unique ways of reminding me of our relationship, and sometimes they’re fun. Example: Recently over coffee I started thinking about acorns, and out of nowhere I find myself laughing out loud. It happened when I realized acorns have no measurable life force, yet with a little water and heat - “life”. Divine “magic” got my attention.
Moral: Occasional discomfort is good for the soul.