- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
The Kaleidoscope Of Life ~ God Lights Our Way ~
Kaleidoscope Of Life
Every kaleidoscope simple or complex uses a prism where two or more surfaces are inclined to each other, but with angles. These surfaces refract white light transposing it into an array of colors creating an ever-changing view of symmetrical patterns. In this same way, social media allows a kaleidoscopic view of life. It provides designed imagery and pretense to our life pieces and creates a false sense of symmetry from our broken realities.
Our view can become distorted as we interpret life through the tunnel vision of technological communication. Perhaps this is where the intrinsic appeal lies with broken pieces seen within a kaleidoscopic illusion. The many hues and colors are brilliant as they dance before our eyes. Individually they appear shattered and confused until mixed with touches of light. The important thing to remember is that this imagery is merely shattered pieces coming together in exquisite ways. The light is what makes these images unique.
Does humanity hide behind a prism lens? Do we alter our presentations preventing others from seeing our truth? Are we deceived by a false sense of reality that focuses on appearances blocking the light that will shed clarity on the hearts of man?
Broken or whole depends on the view
Brokenness is beautiful when in the right perspective
Confusion takes hold as life presents itself in broken pieces. Desperately we try to comprehend what's happening while living in a vacuum of deception. Challenges beyond our imagination unfold, as we experience pain and suffering in our own circles. Then the media expands the view with graphic depictions of horrific circumstances around our world. This reality leads to a state of loss contorting our fantasy of safety.
- To fantasize with idealism can cause harm, for example setting ourselves up to deliver the perfect child, only to meet with infertility, or in the least a healthy child that needs to be taught to navigate their environment.
- There can be a shaky foundation if we place young couples in the newness of relationship on pedestals, as they start their walk in life, without educating them on the reality that bliss comes from truth, understanding, faith and hard work.
- We can be drawn to covet our neighbor as they intertwine with the seasonal opportunities, forgetting we scurry among the web of life and sticky catches come along the way. Some of those catches will be highs and some lows.
Roller coasters of emotional and physical stress can be difficult, yet rewarding. Exemplified in the yin and yang relationship of an aged couple glowing in the light that led them through every step.
Struggles are real, but relying on the light of God to expose the beauty of circumstance brings the most precious moments in life. He makes broken pieces into amazing works of art when seen through His Kaleidoscopic view, life is always purposeful.
There is a light at the end of a Tunnel
There is a light at the end and in the tunnel
Whether in the up or the down moments, God's infinite light is the provision in our kaleidoscope. Bringing our broken pieces together in a visual wonderland He holds us in His grip, as He turns the earthly cylinder. When our picture appears unfamiliar, He allows for changes. Some of these changes bring bright beautiful images, quickly and without hesitation. In these cases, we immediately visualize the new bursts of color into the evolving picture He is creating in our lives, and we become fervent participants.
When the glass seems shattered and disjointed, we have greater difficulty seeing through to the beauty of His design. We often get distracted, lost in the steps it takes to slowly turn the barrel to a more brilliant picture. Sometimes, the process is slow. We become weary, a tad impatient for the outcome. If we wait, then the meaningful colors and beads come together where we can live in a complete state of grace and acceptance.
Stages of a Walk Vary
Different phases can lead to the same place
We're in different phases of our personal faith walk. Some are busy aligning themselves with the “right” Christians, the “right” religious practice, and the "right" whatever, as long as it's not considered the “wrong” thing to do.
Our flesh is weak when concerned with a world opinion, we become guarded in our presentation, although, we embarrass quickly when caught in the act. Learning and displaying the attributes of God should be our focus. Seeking to embody His likeness our priority, aren't we missing the point when led by the majority of opinion as opposed to the wisdom of God's word?
It's difficult to use any skill if not recently practiced. Fluency in a language happens only after years of practice. This dedication is then rewarded with the ability to converse. We encourage this learning process with languages and yet limit our time practicing the universal language of God's love.
I want you to be encouraged knowing you can find what you're looking for in a relationship with a deity. That's right folks three amazing figures in one. It's called the Godhead. Father, Son, and Spirit and knowing the perplexity and immense wisdom that comes from this relationship can light a fire inside the darkest house and this gets me excited. It makes me want to learn more about it, to talk about and share about it.
I am encouraged to have open discussions that cause a hunger for increased understanding of God's teachings. Discussions that will better my application and challenge me to improve my skills of loving as many as I can, and reaching more of the lost than I am currently. For the most part, I'm a faithful and honoring servant. Yet, I do admit my imperfections’ and pathetic denial of His word, at times, until He brings it to my attention. I am going to be brutally honest, my imperfect self-needs for some imperfect believers to join the accountability train. I need to know if I go out on a limb for these teachings that others won't shake me off, but rather hold me up.
When walking the proverbial plank of a believer, in the midst of a world that would have one deny faith, I want others to walk that plank with me in unity. A world bound in sin can make it tricky to keep one's focus alone, but "where two or three are gathered said the Lord, there will I be."
Saddened, I coexist with “Sunday Christians” as at times we act out a role and then throw God's teachings by the wayside, because of fear. Fear of what? Well, I'm not sure of what! Perhaps acceptance or concern for loneliness. Another guess is that we guard ourselves worried that we will become the target of attacks.
I find us, particularly, lame, as we play the part of, honorable Christian. You know the type that loves you when your looking and stabs you in the back when you turn around. But then claims to love you like Jesus! When the truth is Jesus loves us ten thousand times better, and without condition. We are works in progress or else we would have full clarity and understanding. Nothing in this kaleidoscope could confuse or curtail the imagery God has for us if we are open to Him.
Claiming we have faith does not keep us from the explosions in life. Glass shatters, things break! How we react in the ruins shows our innards. Do we allow God's light to shine from the inside out? Do we stumble? That's okay, get back on track.
Letting His light shine
A kaleidoscope without light and reflection is dim. The light is what creates the beauty, the impressive bursts of eccentric colors coming together, pattern after pattern.
Let's make our kaleidoscopes worth viewing! Life is confusing at times. When we see a child struggling here. Wondering, why would they be born into this world only to suffer a life of neglect or abuse?
Perplexing over the "why" things happen, can make us stagnant. Fixing our eyes on why some people experience long suffering or remain lost in disillusionment can be stifling. Do they unconsciously choose it? Are they being trusted to handle more, or perhaps a mixture of both?
There are times we play a part in wrecking the view, how about we supply some vision instead. If we allow the light of God in, then it will grow and nothing can put it out! Then imagine how beautiful and purposeful our kaleidoscope could be.
~ Kaleidoscope ~ by Kate Havnevik
What is a kaleidoscope
A kaleidoscope is a circle of mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster,the word "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), "beautiful, beauty"
© 2012 The Stages Of ME