Lonely in Philadelphia?

Day two of being alone in the office was quite productive…for the most part.  I hit some pretty solid walls at about 11AM and 3PM.  But today I talked to quite a few people.  I barely had time to feel alone!

I listened to a CD from TD Jakes.  I don’t know the title, but the theme is “along the way.”  He says that our spiritual journey is not so much about the destination but rather about the lessons that we learn along the way.  Several “along the way” moments in Jesus life:  the woman with the issue of blood; the miracle of the loaves and the fishes; the beggar at the gate.  I could go on and on.  John goes as far as to say that if all of Jesus miracles were recorded, it would take scores of books to write it all down (my interpretation of what he said.)  Miracles don’t happen when you arrive somewhere.  They happen while in transit to somewhere.

One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned over the past 8 months, 8 years, 31 1/2 years is that the journey is the blessing.  Period.  I’ve had more ups and downs that I will ever be able to recount in written form.  In the high times, everything is peachy keen.  In the low times, I’ve literally begged God to just take me home.  I’m learning that everyday that I wake up is a miracle.  In the past year, that has become more real to me as I’ve lost so many people. 

I encourage you to take a few moments to smell the flowers along the path that God has you walking.  Realize that those bodies around you are human beings that have emotions, feelings, souls, eternities, just like you.  Chew your food a bit more, and savor the flavors.  Hug your family.  If you are alive, it’s a miracle.  That you were conceived is a miracle.  Do you know how difficult it is? 

Chew on that as you walk through your day.  Be encouraged.  You are a miracle.

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