Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Are we called to be SURPRISES?

Surprises are endless so always be ready for your day to be interrupted with a surprise.  When you open the door there is no telling what might greet you.  It may be a piece of beauty that takes your breath away.  It could, however, be a surprise of another kind.  It could be the surprise of someone who needs help, or someone bearing a message of sorrow.   This might require your presence, thus you could have the good fortune (that might not feel like good fortunate at the moment)  of being a surprise for the the person at your door.

It could be the surprise of an unexpected car accident as I somehow celebrated this week.  Having my  foot elevated and surrounded by ice-packs was not on my agenda but finding myself still alive was an awesome surprise.

One of the best pieces of advice I have for us is a quote that I am trying to piece together from a Brazilian Archbishop whom some of you may remember from days gone by.

"Accept surprises that upset your plans, shatter your dreams,  and give a completely different twist to your day, and ~~who knows?~~ to your life.  It is not chance.  Leave God free to weave the pattern of your days." -Dom Helder Camara

These words certainly echo an amazing piece of advice from our beloved Heni Nouwen,

 "Turn your interruptions into opportunities."

Maybe Jesus didn't just call us to be  DISCIPLES.  Perhaps he also calls us to be SURPRISES.

Can you allow yourself to find a surprise 
behind every door?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I can't believe that I am now looking into your blog, the website etc, and I have been here a month already! The reason being I have been leading such a full life with all of you here at the monastery, that I am never bored and still have so much I would like to not really care for computers and modern technology on the whole, but from what I can see, this is truly amazing, your work on the website, all the latest at the monastery and of course the vocation stories, that I have yet to get to...modern technology is good for a lot of things, but how sad when we allow it to control our lives...Sr. Macrina, I feel truly blessed to be staying right next to you and having known you, reading your book "Abide" I now see you with different eyes...the Lord is surely using you mightily to advance his kingdom, and what an AWESOME job you are doing!!! God bless you always!