Friday, October 7, 2011
Enjoying the Prepositions of Life
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This morning on my way to work, I began thinking about prepositions. Don’t ask me how prepositions come to a person’s thought process in car line at 7:20 in the morning, but for some reason they did. If you recall from middle school, prepositions are a linking word that relates the words in a sentence to each other. Teachers always helped us remember what they were by thinking of a log, “anything you can do to a log is a preposition”. They are the words like; above, below, in, off, over, through, under and upon. Being a driven and goal oriented person, I have always defined milestones with accomplishments and reached goals. I began thinking how in my life, I have always focused on the log, as an obstacle or event. I have been so caught up with getting past the “logs”, that I have failed to enjoy the prepositions. I have failed to enjoy the moments under the log or going through the log, when these are the moments that have been the key times of shaping, growing and learning in my life. In reality, these prepositional times have been the actual milestones of God making me the person I am now. While goals are great at keeping us focused on moving ahead, I think I am going to take a few extra moments along the way to stop complaining about the time, effort, and hardships and to really reflect on what the preposition is there for. Maybe there is a sifting inside of me, a lesson to be learned, or a relationship along the way that He wants to work on. Let me encourage you, as I encourage myself, when you see a log in front of you, enjoy the preposition.
Sadly, there will be no bonfires today. Some logs are just harder than others. Instead of going through or over them, sometimes I feel like I am the preposition beneath the log and straining to get out from under it's weight. Sometimes when we get through the log we find a couple of evidential splinters that take even more time and effort to remove and protect ourselves from impending infection.