Theology in the Trenches: When It Dawns on You

By: 
Kathleen Kjolhaug
Religion Columnist

So ... you have a youngin ... and it suddenly dawns on you how much your parents loved you. Who could have fathomed the depths of love of every mama in this world ... every single one ...

Your mama dies ... and it dawns on you that the umbilical cord truly never had been severed ... nor had you known there was a depth of grief that went that deep ... until now ...

You are pouring hours upon hours of long lost energy ... into the grandkids ... when it dawns on you how much love your mother-in-law had for her son, his children, and his wife ... as she did the same years back ... and you just never knew ...

When it dawns on you that the illusion of control you thought you had in this world truly never was ... even though you didn’t think it was control you were after ... and it dawns on you that you need not understand ... you need merely trust ... each and every messy miracle ... every single one ...

When you discover that indeed you truly have no problems ... and it dawns on you that perhaps it’s time to put a little joy in the enjoyment process of discovering how to solve the problems as they arise ... having been given gifts to solve that which comes your way ...

When it dawns on you that indeed men have distinctive thoughts and thought patterns ... and you realize there never was any intentional slight intended ... it just didn’t dawn on them ...

When it dawns on you, once again, that in this world you will have troubles and Camelot does not exist this side of heaven ... lest we forget ... and that “all things work together for the good for those who are in Christ Jesus” ...

When it dawns on you that He died for every one ... every sin ... and we are not on that throne but He is ... in the seat of judgment ... and we are simply here to love ... and extend it from what He has already completed ... and what a positively beautiful gift that is which carries ...

When it dawns on you that putting that love into practice creates a new depth of love you knew nothing of ... far freer and deeper than anything else ... and now ... you truly do get to go, therefore, and live the gospel ...

When it dawns on you that by looking back you remain as paralyzed as Lot’s wife, and the very gifts God has given are being thwarted for purposes that are not of Him ... and so ... you grind your salt caked stiff neck towards His face and soon that which is being ground away is used to add savor to the miracles and it suddenly dawns on you that every single thing is a sacred miracle ... every single thing. Amen.

(Kathleen Kjolhaug is a religion columnist.)

 

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