Sometimes we think we just have it all figured out. Life, that is. I think it would be fair to say that more times than not, life has other things in store for us than what we have planned for ourselves. At no point in my life has this been more evident than right now. This tiny little ‘blip’ that has been my life for the past few years. At one point in my life I had things so squared away and planned out for myself, I thought I knew it all. I knew what I was going to be, who I would be with, where I was going to live; everything right up to the kind of dog I was going to have. Everything has changed though, except for the kind of dog I want.
It was last weekend while I was at Camp Broseph with Chris that all of this really sank in. Chris and I had a great weekend of fishing and just general broing and our evening wrapped up with us sitting on a bench down at the dock, staring up at the crystal clear sky. I don’t think I had ever seen stars so bright! You could clearly make out every constellation and the stars were twinkling, just like in the movies. Chris and I sat there for a while just staring at the night sky, watching satellites orbit the earth, and talking about guy stuff.
Chris just recently married his best friend Heather. They have vowed to spend the rest of their days as husband and wife. I was telling Chris how much I envied him for that and how, even though living life as a bachelor has its perks sometimes, I was jealous that he had someone who would always be there for him through anything and everything. That is one of the biggest things I miss about being married. Having someone who will be your forever companion. Marriage isn’t easy, but the pros far outweigh the cons when two people who are best friends vow to be there for each other through everything!
It was getting late, and we were both getting pretty tired at that point. Chris headed up to the house and I told him I would be in after a while. I wanted to sit there and look at the stars for a little while longer; mainly to see if I could catch a shooting star. I saw several more satellites float on by, but I never did see that shooting star. What I did get to do though was get into some pretty deep thoughts. I’ll spare you the details that consumed most of my thoughts, but I will share with you one of the biggest things that was on my mind.
In the grand scheme of things, we, as humans, are so incredibly small and insignificant. We worry about things on a daily basis that we don’t really need to worry about – at all. The universe is so much larger than us and we rarely take the time to sit back and think about everything else that is going on around us. Lets scale it back a little and not even think about all of the things going on in the multiple universes. We get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we don’t even take time to think about things happening on the other side of our planet. We could even scale it back further than that and say that we get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we don’t take time to think about the things taking place in our own country or towns for that matter.
I guess what I’m trying to get at is, sometimes I think we need a reminder that we really need to take a step back sometimes and look at the bigger picture. So you’re running late and didn’t get to grab that cup of coffee from Starbucks on your way to work. Big deal. At least you have a vehicle to drive to a job where you earn money to pay for things you want. Not even just necessities, but things you desire.
I’m at a point in my life right now where I’m fortunate enough to have to look at the bigger picture. Some of the things I used to think I just had to have, aren’t even on my list of things I want anymore. In my pursuit of happiness, God has worked his magic and opened my eyes to what’s important in life. I would much rather have a mind and heart full of memories than a bank account full of money. I would much rather take the time to look up at the stars than sleep a few extra hours.
Every once in a while we need to remember that God has a plan for all of us. We need to remember that everything happens for a reason and that reason is His plan. Try to fight it all you want, He has a way of making things happen the way He sees fit. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see where I’m headed in this life. I’ve put complete trust and faith in the Lord and He has not let me down. He has put people in my life that have helped me, and who continue to help me, through some rough patches in life. It’s one of the most liberating feelings to place everything in His hands.
So take the time to go out and gaze up at the stars. If you can’t do that, at least go watch a sunset. Turn your cell phone off, drive out to a nice spot, and take in the sights. You’ll enjoy the feeling you get when you realize that there is something bigger than your life taking place at that very moment. After you’ve done that, you can thank me. 🙂