Brenda’s Blog – November 1, 2016
“What has become clearer since last we met?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were friends who enjoyed their conversations. With no email, phone, text, or SKYPE, they depended upon their face to face times. Therefore, when they saw each other one would ask the other: “What has become clearer since last we met?”
I told this story to a good friend I don’t see often. Recently, she came to my house and upon sitting down smiled and said, “What has become clearer?”
This presupposes intentional thought, contemplation, and growth, doesn’t it? This assumes the conversations prompted mental activity.
But this has a broader application. How about periodic personal reflection? How about a catalog of categories which require consideration? For example: financial, physical, educational, spiritual, and relational areas of one’s life? Shouldn’t we be able to sit down quarterly or certainly annually and point to clarification?
Maturity demands clarity. Muddling through with little or no understanding creates pygmies. To see is promised by Paul in the first letter to the Corinthians. He tells us we see partially as through wavy glass, but one day it will indeed be clear – it will be face to face.
Our Lord Jesus healed a blind man. When he was interrogated by the Pharisees he had a simple answer: “All I know is that once I was blind and now I see.” Shouldn’t we be able to identify some blind spots in ourselves and rejoice when clarity occurs?
Don’t be surprised if we meet and you are asked “What has become clearer?”