Thursday, November 3, 2011

From Darkness To The Light

So it’s now been 5 days of no power, no heat, no internet. The silence has been unbelievable. I must admit though….after the first two nights, it was kind of nice. It brought me, and Ben and friends back into a world that has been mostly forgotten in our technologically obese society. The world of relationships with each other has long been ignored because nowadays we are so busy texting, face-booking, and other such stuff. How many times have a friend and I laughed because we are sitting next to each other talking to each other not in person, but via text or the internet.  This week instead of disappearing into the internet or other devices, I talked…in person, played games…..without the aid of a mouse touchpad, read books…..with paper pages, went to public  places just to sit for a few hours and struck up conversations with complete strangers….just because I felt like it…..and more importantly, I re-discovered gratefulness in things long taken for granted.
 As I was writing this the power came back on....ironic....but interesting. The lights are on again, although not as many as usual...the darkness doesn't really bother us this time. The house is now getting really warm again and the faucet is now sending out hot water again. All signs we're back to civilization....but I think I'm going to take a few things out of this. 1) I think I'm going to turn off the laptop a lot more often now. 2) I'm going to convince Ben to step away from the computer and play a game with me a lot more often. 3) I'm going to try and get together with friends just to play games a lot more often now 4) I'm going to go sit in public cafe's and other locations a lot more often now and socialize with complete strangers....just because. 5) I'm going to do my best to appreciate all the things I forget to be thankful for on a daily a warm house, a warm shower, fresh food and light....both physical light.....

Psalm 18:28 New Century Version (NCV)

 28 Lord, you give light to my lamp.
       My God brightens the darkness around me.

...and spiritual light....

Job 33:28 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light.'