Today was uncle day. It’s what I call when I get the privilege of taking care of my nephew. He’s a 6 year old ball of energy and adventure. He loves the Power Rangers and some Lego ninja cartoon. The name eludes me. Anyway, there are moments when God uses this little dude to spew magic words and string together sentences that can tear you apart.
Today was such a day. It was a simple remark, yet the words that poured from his mouth were like a fresh drink on a hot summer day. We were watching some television show on some children’s channel. I wasn’t paying much attention. I was too busy devouring a book about this dude that wants to learn the whole encyclopedia. It was a perfect evening.
After a commercial about the world. He looks at me and quietly says, “I want to change the world”. I stopped reading. There was something so powerful with that statement. A little 6 year old kid that doesn’t worry about much, all of a sudden became an ambassador to humanity. I put the book down and took the bait. “And how do you plan on changing the world?” I asked. “Well,” he pause for a second, “I want to add color to the world!” “Color?!” I asked a bit shocked. “Why color?”
“Because color makes everything better!”
There was something that is both scary and beautiful that a six year old can see that something is wrong and immediately wants to something about it. I sat back for a second and thought, where is my hunger for adding a bit of color to the world?
The Middle East is pulsing with pain and war. Europe is just Europe. And on homeland, well people are just weird here.
The world could use a bit of more color.
“Because color makes everything better.”
Add your color this blank canvas and make something beautiful.
I remember dreaming about you. I remember hoping quietly that you would exist. Girls from dreams are really hard to come by. But you proved me wrong. Because I met you. Our lives became entangled.
A boy from West Texas with a story fit for a novel.
Questionable decisions. Wrong turns. And with a knack for disobedience.
You. A girl form South Texas with a story fit for a lifetime movie.
Questionable decisions. Hurt. Disillusionment. Pain and restoration.
We gravitated towards each other.
Because our stories are similar and God has a mean sense of humor. We both went off on our own ignoring the signs of disaster and ran faster and faster from the truth. Hoping to find our own happiness. Not knowing that God always has something up his sleeve.
I don’t give him much credit.
We met at a weird time. At least it was for me. Because until then, you only existed in my dreams. Safe and sound. Away from my pain and hurt.
To this day, I still don’t understand how you formed from my dreams. Maybe it’s magic.
They say magic is nothing but a sleight of hand. If that’s true then I totally missed the trick, because I’m completely captivated by you.
There’s a lot going on in this part of my life. God is working up another trick. I can already see the signs. But even though my life is upside down. You are what I’m certain about.
All I want is just to make you happy and see you smile.
A faint whisper calling you to be brave
And the next time it seems the darkest
Like you couldn’t possibly be saved
Stripped of all comfort and weak
I hope you face your adversary
And find you’re stronger than you think"
Being as an Ocean