have you been moved?
Yesterday our pastor discussed the mysterious sliding rocks of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California. Apparently these huge, heavy boulders move hundreds of feet without explanation. The tracks show clear evidence of movement, but science can’t precisely explain how or why it happens. Is it wind, ice, earth, animals, or some combination? Theories abound, but the mystery still prevails.
Using this illustration, Doug prodded us to contemplate the culmination of 2008. We may feel pretty much the same day to day, but over the course of a year, we’ve probably moved from one place to another. Was it by our own efforts, circumstance, the economy, politics, or some greater plan? We can’t say for sure, but the fact remains, we’ve probably been moved, changed, or transformed in some way.
Have you been moved this year?
I’ve been moved by many things–to name just a few:
- the tranformational growth of my children: of my eldest to a teenager, of my middle one to a pre-teen, and of my littlest to a lanky girl no longer so little
- the depth of this internet community of openness with privacy, transparency with mystery, and support without obligation
- the selfless support of my family, church and community
Even if I don’t feel like I’ve changed so much, I’ve surely been moved. And when we move, we leave tracks.
What tracks have you left behind?
I hope and pray that I’ve left some tracks of loving care. I’m quite sure I’ve skidded a few times, and when I’ve scorched the earth, I hope I’ve made good repairs.
What will move you in 2009?
We may not have complete control, but we do have some influence. Will we drift with the winds of the times? Or will we set our sights in a new, hopeful direction?
I believe our goals, our energy, our prayers and affirmations can influence the direction of our tracks. Most of all, I hope and pray my path is aligned with the One who directs the winds, that I’m able to clearly discern it, and that I’m brave enough to move forward.
What about you?
May your boulders be light and your path be clear in 2009.
Thanks to Doug Paterson for inspiration and to Seamonkey78704 for the photo.