Our life stages are unique, Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.
Kaleidoscope Of Life
Kaleidoscopes, complex or straightforward, use a prism where two or more surfaces incline with angles. These surfaces refract white light. Thus, transposing it into an array of hues produces an ever-changing view of symmetrical patterns.
In this same way, social media allows a kaleidoscopic witness to existence. It provides designed imagery and pretense to our life pieces, establishing a false sense of symmetry from our fragmented realities.
Our regard can become distorted as we interpret living through the tunnel vision of technological communication, where the intrinsic appeal lies, with cracked portions seen within a motley illusion.
The many hues and colors are brilliant as they dance before our eyes. They appear shattered and confused until mixed with touches of shimmer. The critical thing to remember is that sections come together as elegant imagery as the kaleidoscope so eloquently displays; these images can break apart and yet remain beautiful in their entirety. Clear vision keeps the focus on the uniqueness of the actual image.
Do we hide behind the lens? Do we alter presentations, preventing others from seeing our truth? Humanity deceives by distorted facts of appearances, blocking the richness that will shed clarity on man's heart.
Brokenness is Beautiful When in The Right Perspective
Confusion takes hold as life presents itself in broken pieces. We try to comprehend what’s happening while living in a vacuum of deception. Challenges to our imagination unfold as we experience pain and suffering in our circles. Then the media expands the view with graphic depictions of horrific circumstances worldwide or unrealistic perfection. This reality leads to a state of loss, contorting our fantasy of safety.
- Fantasizing about idealism can cause harm, such as setting ourselves up to deliver the perfect child, only to meet with infertility, or in the least, an imperfect child who needs teaching to navigate their environment.
- Shaky foundations form if we place young couples in the newness of a relationship on pedestals. Instead, as they start their journey, we should share the reality that bliss comes from truth, understanding, faith, hard work, and loving without expectation or condition.
- Life can draw us to covet our neighbors as they intertwine with seasonal opportunities, forgetting we scurry among the web of life and sticky catches come along the way. There will be highs and lows, but when on top, you may fall. When nearing the bottom, you can always move upward!
- Roller coasters of emotional and physical stress can challenge, yet rewards can follow. These coaster experiences exemplify the yin and yang of relationships. The grit of an aged couple glows in the light that has led them through every step of loss, growth, and healing with Christ as their guide.
Struggles complicate! Although, we rely on the light of God. His light exposes circumstances ending in the most precious moments in life. When seen through His Kaleidoscopic view, God makes broken pieces into notable works of art; life is always purposeful if we hang in there for the twisting and molding of our actual image.
There is a Light at The End of a Tunnel
There is Always a Glimpse of Light Seek It
Life brings the up or the down moments; God’s infinite light is the provision in our kaleidoscope. He is bringing our broken pieces together into a visual wonderland. He holds us in His grip as He turns the earthly cylinder. When our picture appears unfamiliar, God allows for changes. Some of these changes bring bright, beautiful images quickly and without hesitation. In these cases, there’s immediate visualization, with the fresh bursts of color into the developing picture God is creating in our lives, and we become emotional participants.
When the glass seems shattered and disjointed, we can have incredible difficulty seeing through to the beauty of his design. We often get distracted, lost in the steps it takes to turn the barrel into a more brilliant picture. Sometimes, the process is slow. We become weary, a tad impatient for the outcome. But, wait, the exact colors and beads come together, things fall into place, and we begin to realize a complete state of grace and acceptance.
Stages of a Walk Vary
Different Phases can Lead to the Same Place
We're in different phases of our faith walk. Busy aligning with the "right" Christians, religious practice, and whatever. As long as they don't consider the experience "wrong."
Our weak flesh is concerned with world opinion. We become guarded in our presentation, although embarrassed when caught in the act. Learning and displaying God's attributes should be our focus; seeking to embody His likeness is our priority. Aren't we missing the point when led by most people or opinions instead of the wisdom of God's word?
It isn't easy to gain skills if not practiced. Fluency in a language happens only after years of practice. This dedication reaps the reward with the ability to converse. We encourage this learning process with words and limit our time practicing God's universal love language.
I want to encourage you to seek and explore a relationship with a deity. That's right, folks, three unique figures in one. It's called the Godhead. Father, Son, and Spirit. Knowing this relationship's perplexity and immense wisdom can light a fire inside the darkest house, which is exciting. It makes one want to learn more about it, talk about it, and share it.
I am encouraged to have open discussions that cause hunger for an increased understanding of God's teachings. Arguments that will better my application and challenge me to improve how I love as much as possible. Passion ignites a desire to reach more of the lost. The lost category can include all of us as wandering sheep that stray with self-preserving tactics. Our judgment, or fear of such, denies genuine openness to differing opinions and understandings. Wisdom allows a spirited and humbling discussion of someone else's experience, thereby broadening perspective.
I'm a faithful and honored servant, admitting my imperfections and pathetic denial of His word until He brings it to my attention. My imperfect self seeks other flawed believers to join the accountability train. I hope others won't shake me off but instead hold me up.
When walking the proverbial plank of a believer, I want others to walk that plank with me in unity amid a world that would have one deny the faith. Earthbound in sin can make it tricky to keep one's focus alone, but when we gather, God is there.
I am saddened to coexist with "Sunday Christians" as we act out a role and then throw God's teachings away because of fear.
Fear of what? Well, I'm not sure what! Perhaps acceptance or concern for loneliness. Another guess is that we guard ourselves, worried that we will become the target of attacks.
I find us lame as we play the part of honorable Christian. The type loves you when you're looking and stabs you when you turn around. But then claim to love you like Jesus! The truth is Jesus loves us ten thousand times better and without condition.
We are works in progress, or we would have total clarity and understanding. Nothing in this kaleidoscope could confuse or curtail God's imagery for us.
Claiming we have faith does not keep us from the explosions in life. Glass shatters, and things break! How we react in ruins shows our innards. Do we allow God's light to shine from the inside out? Do we stumble? That's okay, pick up the pieces and get back on track.
Letting His Light Shine
A kaleidoscope without light and reflection is dim. The light presentation allows the beauty, the impressive bursts of eccentric colors coming together, pattern after pattern.
Let’s make our kaleidoscopes worth viewing!
Life is confusing. Witnessing the struggles on earth, we wonder why we are born into this world only to suffer a life of neglect, confusion, or abuse.
When perplexing over the “why” can make us stagnant. Fixing our eyes on why some people experience long-suffering or remain lost in disillusionment can stifle. Do they choose it? Are they being trusted to handle more, or perhaps a mixture?
There are times we play a part in wrecking the view. How about we supply some vision instead? If we allow the light of God in, it will grow, and nothing can put it out! Then imagine how beautiful and purposeful our kaleidoscope could be.
~ Kaleidoscope ~ by Kate Havnevik
What is a Kaleidoscope
A kaleidoscope is a circle of mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster,the word "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), "beautiful, beauty"
© 2012 Kathy Henderson