Every moment we live has the ability to be a teachable moment for us. I believe that. Lessons about life and this journey we are living are all over the place.
The other day, I left the house to take my son to school and something made me take notice of a little thing I normally don’t pay any attention to. I remember that time kind of stood still for a couple of seconds and I was fully aware of my house key going into the lock of our front door. The same thing happened when I returned a few minutes later. At those moments, during the most seemingly insignificant times, doing something I do countless times in a week, I was fully present.
Has that ever happened to you? I know that it tends to happen to me when I’m driving familiar stretches of highway. All of sudden my “auto pilot” gets turned off and I’m fully aware again. Those moments are a little scary. You’ve just been flying down the interstate at 70 miles per hour…but then you “wake up” and realize you can’t really remember anything about the last 30 miles.
Over the last week, lessons and teachable moments have come tucked away in “fields”. On Saturday, I shared with you all some thoughts after I recently caught a portion of the movie Field of Dreams again. It’s an odd post about adjusting to new normals and pursuing our dreams in the midst of change and transitions. Here’s an excerpt:
So what does all this have to do with Field of Dreams? I really have no idea. I just know that the process of pursuing your dreams in the midst of trying to live life is hard. And yet, that’s the only way to do it. You have to keep living. Lately I feel like Ray. I keep getting up every day with a desire to build a field and I have no idea why. Is that okay to admit? I just know I have to keep building, I have to keep moving forward. I can’t sell the farm.
On Sunday, I went to church and was delighted when the message focused around Luke 10. Well played, Lord. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” It was a great message reminding us that, since Christ’s arrival onto the scene, we are now called to be active participants. We are called to live sent. “Someone needs the miracle of your reality.”
When I got home from church I read an email waiting in my inbox. It was a regular newsletter email I get from Jeff Goins. His email opened talking about how a recent trip he traveled on took him through four and half hours of cornfields. He went on to share 10 lessons we can learn from journeys. Lesson 4 “Inspiration is everywhere. You just need eyes to see it. Yes, even in cornfields.”
This morning I was studying some of the other times the word field is mentioned in Scripture and came across 1 Corinthians 3: 9 “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
Again, I can’t say exactly what all these lessons and moments mean yet. But I do know they are not just moments. I do know that…yes…I am called to be an active participant in God’s Kingdom. I might not know yet what the new fields in my life look like but the only way for it all to start making sense is be out there…working in the field.