The People We Choose

A lesson in our attractions

A night at Tanglewood 2018

No matter how many times you change your clothes, you are still recognized.

With blankets, bags, coolers and cloth chairs in hand, we walked among the crowds on the lawn of Tanglewood, a music center tucked away in the Berkshire Hills of Lenox, Massachusetts.

The idyllic setting of the sculptured lawns and the shed where the artists perform accomodate more than 15,000 people. We choose the lawn for the price and for the benefit of bringing food. People come with tables and tablecloths, along with everything from wine and caviar to water and grinders. Some are dressed in formal attire, while the majority wear casual, comfortable clothes. Large screens simulcast the event so all can see.

As we looked for an empty bit of lawn to set up our things, I noticed I didn’t recognize a single person I saw. I did, however, recognize people who were not there. I noticed many similarities of people I know in people I don’t. The way people moved, the sound of their voices, the shape of their bodies. This particular night, more so in who I was with.

It got me thinking not about genes and family traits, as much as about our attractions. When my husband made a comment to a stranger, which always sets me back, this time I heard someone else saying it. When he appeared to ignore me, It was as if I was being ignored by another, who wasn’t even there. When I felt offense, it was by both and I was mad at both people. (Sorry, other person).

My attraction to you says much more about me than about you

It may say I’m a rescuer. It may say I need to fix this. It may also say I’m in need of fixing. When it doesn’t pan out the way you thought…when you haven’t been a lifeboat… when things are still broken…when needs just increase…when all is the same or worse, what then?

One of the greatest hopes Christ ever gave me is the ability to see that He is the answer for my own sin

We all make decisions. Each one teaches us a lesson somewhere down the road about who we are and why we do the things we do. Yes, I believe sometimes there is a place or person to blame. There are nurture and nature and unavoidable reasons why some are the way they are and things happen the way they happen. And yes, there are consequences people should face and laws should be in place to see that happen. Responsibility is absolutely necessary. Even in that, Christ has made a provision that goes far beyond the state of the body and mind. It has reached to the soul, where He can be invited to reside and save. He is the rescuer of the soul for eternal destiny, which far outlasts this earthly life.

Anything that runs well is regulary maintained and finely tuned

I wish we all came maintenance free. Not one of us did. We started out dependent, we end up dependent, and we see how time and neglect not only affect our health, but also our minds and attitudes.

“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;” (Col 1:26,27 KJV)

So what am I learning? Christ in me needs to manifest Himself to you, so I don’t continue to be vulnerable or offended by anyone.