Life Beyond the Ordinary
By Juli_Anna on May 08, 2014
How often do we miss our future promises because we are scared to go against everything we have learned as the acceptable human response?
I thank God for the many people I have come in contact with throughout my life. Some were mean, some were strange, some were beautiful, and some were demanding; yet none of them were ordinary.
I am 31 years old and I am not married, nor do I have any biological kids. I don't stay at careers very long although, I have a Bachelors degree in Music Business. I knew when I got the degree; it would be of no use. I just knew that I loved music and I wanted to be as close to it as I could, so I spent tuition money I didn't have, and used up evey drop of financial aid. I graduated in 2009, and for the most part have been a kindergarten substitute teacher ever since.
Looking back, I realized it wasn't the degree I wanted, but it was the social stigma that my life had to be proved valuable to a world that really didn't care at all.
Last year I prayed that I would live everyday inspired and every night amazed. The first week I began seeing the most ordinary things in the most amazing form. The second week, it all started to become more dim as I had to try harder to experience the same amazement.
There is a verse that strikes me as uncomfortable, yet amazing. It's in Matthew 18:2-4.
'And calling to him (Jesus) a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."'
How beautiful could our lives be if we came to our Father daily with questions of wonder, intrigue and tears of need?
We could live with no worries. Forget our hurt feelings 5 minutes later, and laugh at ourselves with no politically correct awareness.
One time I was on the phone with my 8 year old nephew. Usually, before we hang up, I ask him if there is anything he would like to pray for. Sometimes he says yes, sometimes no, but this particular day he said, "Can we pray for God?" Childlike, right? I told him, "Sure, what do you want to pray?" "He said, "There are so many mean people, can we just pray that God is okay and tell Him we love Him."
Its so simple; yet so hard to get there. I'm still trying to figure it all out.
Yesterday, I learned of an extraordinary child prodigy that reminded me there is a realm of life so greater than our mere existence. Her name is Akiane Kramarik. I suggest you Google her for yourself and look at her paintings. If you haven't been amazed or inspired in a while, her artwork and story will definitely bring forth life to you.
As I am on this discovery journey, I welcome you to join me.