reflections… warning: this one is sappy

Karie on Oct 10th 2007 08:54 pm

I had a moment the other day… I actually have a lot of moments, but this one hit me while riding a train through the Tuscan countryside, and it really stuck with me so I decided to share it.  This particular train was the dumpiest we had experienced so far.  Let me just sum it up by saying that when using the bathrooms, you could see down the toilet straight through to the ground below – no flushing required.  That wasn’t my moment, it just reminded me that you can hear God despite your surroundings.

Goofy as it sounds, I was listening to “Right Now” by Van Halen on my ipod. That song will forever remind me of working Turning Point Retreats for Buffini & Company, so it got me thinking about goals we had set, things we have done & still have yet to do.  I feel so blessed.  I’m not even 30, and I have seen some of the most beautiful masterpieces on earth.

Michelangelo was an equally brilliant painter, sculptor & architect (and even a poet in his own right).  He sculpted the Pietà at 24, painted the Sistine Chapel in his early 30’s, and became chief architect of St. Peter’s Basilica at age 72.  However, Michelangelo’s life’s work was dedicated to interpreting or recreating what God had already done.  The best that humans have to offer – magnificent as it may be – is only a copy of what our Creator has already given us.

Doesn’t it make you wonder how much beauty exists that we don’t even recognize, or lessons that we can’t begin to convey through pictures or words?  We spend countless hours and dollars (or Euro) to stand in awe of someone’s interpretation of a truth that we can barely grasp.  It just reminded me of how small I am in the grand scheme of things, yet blessed anything I could’ve ever imagined.

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  1. Erinon 04 Nov 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Karie, that was beautifully said. No matter how much I grow or mature or increase in understanding, I have only scratched the surface. I am learning that I cannot possibly understand all that I hope to understand. My explanations are puny compared to God’s greatness. Thanks for this entry. I didn’t think it was sappy at all.

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