by Pauline Reneaux
When I started my column for 318Central in the fall of 2018, the idea of using the alphabet for inspiration each month came to me. I’m not sure why exactly, but what I have discovered, as the end of the alphabet comes near, is that this journey has brought about more depth with each piece I have written. More meaning, more pieces to this puzzle of life that seem to fit together. Last month, I wrote about vision and, the month before that, the unfolding of my life. This month, I sit here in wonder at the incredible way that life is falling into place. God is winking with me and with both eyes and the whole process has me awestruck.
Someone once said to me, “You always have these kinds of things happen to you,” and all I could think of was, “how can these kinds of things not happen to you?” What I didn’t realize at the time is that not everyone sees the wonder of what is going on around them in the world. I have had to endure things in life I wouldn’t wish on anyone, and I guess that is what has given me an appreciation for the wonder in everyday moments. I think that is why I can see when God is winking. Many writers will tell you it is through pain, scars, trials and wounds that their most meaningful words are often written. I think when life adds cracks to us as vessels, the wonders we can see and appreciate add light within us that allow our lives to shine like a Tiffany lamp at the end of the day. Different life experiences can color who we become as we journey through life. Red is for love we have been given and that we extend to others. Blue is like the depths of the ocean. Green is like the coolness of the grass in the morning dew. But, when there is no light, the colors don’t shine. The beauty cannot be seen. Aren’t our lives like this, don’t the different experiences we go through leave us in different shapes, colored in different manners? To some, a Tiffany lamp is just a lamp, but to me it is a beautiful work of art that reminds me of the wonders of this life I have been given.
I am very fortunate, God likes to wink at me along the way so I don’t miss the hidden beauty that is right in front of me. In both the good times and the not so pleasant moments, God winks and wonders may be found. May you, too, get the opportunity to enjoy them.