The “Mischievious” workings of God

I know, I know… The saying is that “God works in mysterious way” but my grandmother said it differently.

My Grandmother died when I was very young so I’ve never actually heard her describe the workings of God but I’ve heard the stories.

During a testimony in church one day she called on the congregation to “Praise the Lord” as she talked about the “mischievous” ways in which god had worked in her life. Of course she didn’t quite get the idiom (if I can call it that) correct but she wasn’t wrong…

God has the most amazing sense of humour ever. Of course most of us can’t take a joke so we might not realize this but the Big Man is constantly sending us things to make a rough day feel lighter.

I was watching the movie Evan Almighty on Sunday  night (surprisingly for the first time). While the movie is fictional it got me thinking of the factual “mischievous” workings of God.

In the movie Joan Baxter (Lauren Graham) leaves her husband Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) because she (and everyone else) believes he is going crazy. To be fair to her she had a good reason. Which modern man builds an ark and of all places in New York?

Anyway after she left home and is at a restaurant, a programme on TV is making fun of her husband and that’s when God (Morgan Freeman) appears to her. He gets her to open up and she talks about the strange way in which her husband had been acting.

His response to her happened to be the most profound message I got from this movie.

He asked her about how she thinks God works.

“If  someone prays for patience does God give him patience or does he give him the opportunity to be patient?” he asked.

He continued… “If someone prays for courage does God give them courage or give them the opportunity to be courageous?”

This statement resonated with me. For the past few months I’ve consistently prayed for patience. In September I wrote a blog post (I Pray for Patience) about my quest to become a more patient person following some difficulties at work.

Could this have been a direct message to me and is God working in mischievous ways in my life right now?

My boss might be the most annoying person I’ve ever come across and if dealing with him isn’t a grande opportunity to be patient I don’t know what is.

So from here on out, lets see if rather than complaining that my boss gets on my nerves I can learn to handle it :).

Another lesson I learnt from that movie was with relation to the building of an ark in New York City. The literal ark was necessary in the movie because developers had cut corners and the dam was to break and all the people would’ve drowned without it but there’s more to the ark than boards and nails.

At the end of the movie we realize that the modern day ark is not a wooden structure on which you’ll load a pair of each animal but rather Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) which are much much easier to do.

It’s holding a door for someone, giving an elderly person or a pregnant lady your seat on the bus. Building an everyday ark is in saying I’m sorry when you’re wrong and in helping a child to cross the street. It is in asking someone how they are doing and actually stopping to listen… and the list goes on.

Often times we have not a clue the far reaching effect that our ARK has on others.

So… who said movies were mere fiction? Evan Almighty was shown on TV at a time when I would be watching to remind me that God works in “Mischievous” 🙂 .

– Sherjei.

 

Life’s Tug Of War

Who among has a perfect life? No one.

It is this fact that has helped me to ward off depression in my most challenging times.

Gone are the days when I thought my problems were the the worst of all. I’ve come to realize to that there will always be someone who has it better than me and in the same breath there will always be someone who is worse off, so I’ve tried as much as possible not to compare myself to anyone else but rather to be grateful for all that I have (not always easy but it works).

So what if I’m not rich and I have no clue how I’m going to manage to repay my students’ loans? I have a degree and I’m a hustler an assiduous worker. I help as many people as I can in as many ways as I can (although this is often times daunting as people are ungrateful, But I think my mother knows better than I do and having a big heart has certainly helped her through life, so I continue anyway). Blessings will carry me through.

Over the past seven months I’ve had a million reasons to cry, but for each of those reasons I’ve found ten more for me to smile.

Me during my graduation from the University of the West Indies, Mona

While browsing the web this morning to find inspirational thoughts (as i often do) I came across this poem on inspirational-poems.net. It didn’t say who wrote it but whoever did gets a thumbs up form me.

– Sherjei.

Life can seem ungrateful

Life can seem ungrateful, and not always kind.
Life can pull at your heartstrings, and play with your mind.
Life can be blissful, and happy and free.
Life can put beauty, in the things that you see.

Life can place challenges, right at your feet.
Life can make good, of the hardships that we meet.
Life can overwhelm you, and make your head spin.
Life can reward those, determined to win.

Life can be hurtful, and not always fair.
Life can surround you, with people who care.
Life clearly does offer, its ups and its downs.
Life’s days can bring you, both smiles and frowns.
Life teaches us to take, the good with the bad.
Life is a mixture, of happy and sad.

So…..

Take the life that you have, and give it your best.
Think positive, be happy, let God do the rest.
Take the challenges, that life has laid at your feet.
Take pride and be thankful, for each one you meet.
To yourself give forgiveness, if you stumble and fall.
Take each day that is dealt you, and give it your all.

Take the love that you’re given, and return it with care.
Have faith that when needed, it will always be there.
Take time to find the beauty, in the things that you see.
Take life’s simple pleasures, let them set your heart free.

The idea here is simply, to even the score.
As you are met and faced with, Life’s Tug Of War.