By CJ Kallevig
Hey, guys! I hope everyone is doing alright in the craziness that has been the past few weeks. I know people have been talking about this and that and everything that we need to do to take care of ourselves. And honestly? It’s kind of a downer. Necessary, but a downer.
So I want to talk to you about happy things! Finding the joy in the little things and God in places that you haven’t seen him before.
I know for myself, I have been seeing God more often and in different ways than before. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because I’ve had to slow down in my life and have had the opportunity to to see Him. Or maybe He’s been waving at me all this time and now I’m finally starting to notice.
One of the coolest ways that I have been seeing our Lord lately is in nature. I am very blessed to live in the middle of bluffs, a lake one block from me, and big windows in my apartment to appreciate them all. Whenever I go on walks, I am always awestruck by the beauty that is all around me. The trees are just starting to get their leaves and the grass gets greener by the day. And as I walk around the lake, I hear birds singing and the wind blowing gently in the trees. Spring and summer are coming, winter is almost gone.
Being outside in nature or seeing it through my windows gives me hope for tomorrow. Nothing stays the same. Just as spring turns into summer, which then turns into fall and winter, so our lives go on. And so, too, this time will pass.
I’m looking forward to summer, to playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, to going swimming in the river and having cookouts with my friends.
Speaking of friends, that is another huge way that I have seen God recently. I have had the opportunity to talk to so many people over these past couple weeks. To be able to catch up and have deep, godly conversations has been one of the biggest blessings. Through texting, video chat, phone calls, and other technology, I have been alone but not lonely.
One way in particular that I want to share with you concerns birthdays. My birthday was April 6th, and honestly I wasn’t planning on anything. I figured I might get a couple of phone calls and some posts on my Facebook. I wasn’t planning anything else. My friends had other ideas…
Between the phone calls, text messages, video chats, and little surprises throughout the day, I didn’t have time to think about how this birthday was so different from other birthdays. I just thought about how lucky and blessed I am to have friends that wanted to celebrate with me as best we could.
Perhaps your birthday is coming up or perhaps one of your friends has one soon. Or maybe you just want to see their faces. Reach out to them! Plan a surprise Zoom chat or Facebook video call. Write them a letter and send it out, throw some confetti in there for a little surprise. Perhaps you can be a glimpse of God to someone.
One thing that I wish we all could keep in mind is this: if you are missing someone, they are probably missing you, too. This is a difficult time, but we are not alone. We are surrounded with friends, family, and loved ones who care.
Know that I am praying for you all, and please keep us in your prayers as well.
God bless you all, and I will see you in the Eucharist.