I’ve always talked with strangers out of my intrigue for people even before I started my Christian faith journey decades ago.
The older I get the more inquisitive I am to understand how we human beings view life as a whole.
I get that we all seek food, shelter, safety and once we have these, we seek meaning.
What I struggle with is how so many of us have more than we need, yet it’s never enough. Our soul seems to be forever restless.
Even the most religious, the hardest worker or those gifted with unusual intellect struggle to find peace.
My mum described it brilliantly when in her final days of toil said “My soul is pulling away from my body but my body won’t let go”
As far as mum was concerned, she squeezed every last drop out of her life and had a hope beyond this world. Her life was filled with struggle and meaning and her death was something I even envy to this day.
Mum made peace with God in her seventies and lived to a ripe age of ninety four.
Lessons she learned
1. We toil too hard in the wrong direction
2. We try to please the wrong people
3. We don’t mind our own business enough and become busy bodies
4. We don’t enjoy family enough until it’s too late
What mum did discover in her later years was a hope that was so tangible you could taste it.
I’d often ask her what she thought about all day long in her house alone? Her response was haunting to a person like me that was so ambitious. She said “Nothing, I’m happy”
It’s taken me years to grasp those words but I believe her now as I’m following in her footsteps. Constantly decluttering and enjoying the finer things of life, like breathing.
No matter who you are, where you live, what your circumstances, a real tangible hope can fill your heart by letting go and letting God take the steering wheel of your life.
God will lead you into meaning beyond things. God will fill your heart with such hope, others will marvel at the peace you have for no real outward reason.
Maybe you will reach my mum’s state of hope and when asked, what are you thinking about?
You can say “Nothing, I’m happy”