When the world gets stifling…

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I have a lot of things on my mind at the moment. Nothing major, just all together they start to add up. I find my mind spinning with plans, agendas, moral issues and sometimes fears.

My mind is so busy, that it’s time to stop for a minute and think about some things that I love; the simple things; the things that are still there when all the busyness fades away.

Today I’m thinking about the night sky. Living in the city I don’t always get to see it in all it’s glory, but it makes it all the more special when I get out into the country and lie in a field and become captivated by the vastness of the sky. I love to drink in the millions of stars and the complexity of the universe.

Somehow the more complex the natural world appears, the less complex my life seems, because it reminds me that I have a God who holds it all in His hands.

My life and its complications will fade away, but my ability to wonder over and delight in the complexity of God will live on for an eternity.

So, when the world gets stifling, it’s often time to look beyond. Beyond our politics and selfishness and general humanity, beyond time even, beyond this world to the eternity that we are to live for. And if eternity had a face, for me, it would look like the night sky.

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What Happens After the Movie Ends?

stockvault-glamour-portrait132357Ever wonder what happens after the movie ends?

After My Best Friend’s Wedding did Julia Roberts go on to discover that she’d only imagined herself in love with her best friend for a few days when she couldn’t have him, and that after the wedding all died down, she remembered why they’d been ‘just friends?’

After Kathleen sacrificed her store, did she and Joe really settle down beneath the canopy of  ‘Big bad Fox Books’ and live happily ever after? Was neither tempted, in the monotony of life, to find someone new and exciting on the internet who may offer them, oh so romantically, a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils?

Did Frodo settle down and have a family and reminisce, on occasion, of that great journey which had once seemed so epic, and yet now was merely the questionably exaggerated tale of an old Hobbit?

Did the film end just in time when Will and April were reunited in Definitely Maybe, before we could see that another month would prove the relationship impossible?

The world of film seems so fantastic. Our lives are so far removed from the romantic, exciting and engaging plots of the screen… or are they?

 In reality the Hollywood scripts are often not so different from our own. It’s just that our own lives carry on, after the final curtain, and we get to see what happens after the movie ends.