Our perceptions do not accurately reflect reality. If we saw what was really in the mirror we would see ourselves as much more beautiful, capable, and strong. My hope is to reflect vague pieces of truth about ourselves, our experiences, and the people we love. These thoughts will be reflected without mirrors so the true beauty of life can confidently stare back at us through the haze.

The Weekend Miracle

This weekend I experienced a miracle. As with most miracles, you probably would need to see it to believe it.

"Recall the new star that announced the birth at Bethlehem? It was in its precise orbit long before it so shone. We are likewise placed in human orbits to illuminate."

                    Neil A. Maxwell

Katelyn, Ridge, and I went to City Creek, Gateway, and Temple Square on Saturday. After a few hours of roaming and enjoying our time together we decided it was time to head back to our car.

We approached the crosswalk and as the numbers counted down "6, 5, 4, 3" and we started to run. When we got to the corner we decided to wait until the next light since we weren't really in a hurry. After a short wait, the walking signal reappeared and we crossed the street casually as the familiar, timed chirp of the crosswalk accompanied us. We were carried away in a pointless conversation speculating the origin of jay walking when the miracle happened.

It wasn't a paraplegic who jumped out of their wheelchair and walked for the first time. No mountains moved. No lives were saved. In fact, nothing unexpected happened at all.

I miraculously ran into an old friend.

We could have left earlier. We could have decided not to go, or delayed our trip downtown. We could have stayed longer and walked through one more store. We could have walked slower or faster. We could have rushed to cross the street. We could have taken a different route to the parking lot. My friend could have decided not to go out or he could have walked down a different street.

Our hundreds of small decisions allowed two independent creatures in perpendicular, uncoordinated motion to cross paths.

It took precise timing in order for us to experience that miracle. Precise timing that began long before the moment of our illumination.

Of seven billion people on this Earth, there is a small handful of people that are in your orbit daily. You wake up and make hundreds of small decisions which affect every interaction you will have that day. If you consider the odds, every connection you make with another person is miraculous. 

What will you do today to show those people miraculously place in your path that they are a miracle? How will you show them that you are grateful that out of all seven billion humans it was THEM you were able to spend time with


Popular Posts

Truly Valuing Life as a Single Adult

Shooting Through a Sky of Fallen Stars

The Pursuit is Happiness