moments in time

One recent benefit of being unemployed is that I finally took the time to go get a library card.  I’m officially addicted.  There are so many books that I’ve picked up and looked at over the years, but didn’t want to spend the money on, and here they are, absolutely free!0385494149_01_lzzzzzzz_gif

The most recent one I finished was Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, the author of Atonement.  All of McEwan’s books that I’ve read or looked at revolve around the idea that one seemingly insignificant moment ca drastically change the trajectory of a group of people’s lives.  A flippant comment, a misunderstood look, the tiniest thing can send everyone’s life careening off the path they so carefully planned.

It’s an interesting concept to think about – that even the smallest actions we take or decisions we make can have such power over not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us.  One of the most interesting things about McEwan’s books is the characters always have these neatly laid out plans and routines that govern their lives.  The reality is, of course, that no matter how much planning we do, we have practically no control over our lives and circumstances; a reality that is both frightening and freeing.

I was recently talking to a friend about picking colleges and I tried to encourage her to remember that while it may feel like she’s choosing her future, the truth is that God can use any college, any town to move her in any direction He chooses.  So by all means, look at pros and cons, go on college visits, pray about it, but then, just make a decision.  When you realize that you are not in control of your own life, it’s amazing how easy it is to make decisions and then be content about that decision.  Of course, more often than not, I fail in this, but it’s beautiful all the same.

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