Well we had to edit our Monday Moments memo this week, because yours truly, the Monday Moments Author, went to bed thinking LaLaLand actually won the Best Picture award last night, and that Jan Chapman actually died.
As it turns out, of course, Ms. Chapman’s picture was incorrectly included in the “In Memoriam” tribute, and LaLaLand was the Oscar Best Picture winner for about 20 minutes until it was revealed that Moonlight actually won…which is actually what I predicted and pulled me back into a tie with two of my daughters for the family picks championship.
So today it got me to thinking: what if we got to the Pearly Gates, and the ballot got opened, and St. Peter said “we’re IN” or “we’re OUT.” And then the rules changed? Or what if we woke up today and didn’t expect to find out we had died, as Ms. Chapman did when she saw her picture on the TV screen? Hmnnn. There is so much that we take for granted in terms of order to the universe – maybe not for our country – but certainly for the universe. Most of us have a faith in God that goes so far beyond what we realize it is. We count on a certain level of order in our lives. Last night, who’d of thunk it that they’d name the wrong movie as the Best Picture winner, or show someone as deceased who really wasn’t?
Now I’m thinking about our everyday lives. The fact that we live, have breath, have life, have joy, have families or friends or others we love…and it didn’t – can I say this? – it didn’t happen by evolution or happenstance or random chance creation. I’m grateful for the fact that the Lord is on the heavenly throne, that prayers work, and that there is some modicum of normalcy that I can trust will apply to life today. It’s not an accident. It’s a gift.
We’ll discuss these things more when we gather for ToTR on March 8, 6 p.m. at The Pub in Rookwood. We’ll do more of it when we go to Montana on our next fishing trip in September. Sorry the golf trips are filled up. Hope to see you soon and make it a great week, -Doug