Calamity: an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; or as I see it, a big crashing together of things that changes everything else.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hum of our lives that we forget to stop every once in a while and listen to the hum of LIFE overall.
It buzzes. This world is alive.
Our world is not purely based on our own individual perceptions of it. Everything is all happening at once.
What’s in a day?
Hours upon minutes upon seconds upon moments…of LIFE. All separate but all at one time. We are constantly living in this magnificent calamity of time and space with lives colliding and changing at a constant rate. Yet, we get so torn up about our own personal calamities that we forget about the rest.
Not all calamities are bad either.
I thought about this as I walked in the desert that is my school’s gravel parking lot. As the dust swirled in the air around me and the sun beat down on my neck, all was silent. Yet it wasn’t.
The faint sound of the birds chirping presented me with a peace I can’t fully explain. It transported me away from everything in an instant. Away from the stress of senior year. Of college. Of relationships. And back into the awareness of God.
His creation is buzzing around us constantly. We are all buzzing around EACH OTHER constantly. Yet it’s so easy to confine ourselves to just our own calamities and stresses. It is good to strive but we must also consider the fact that this is not the purpose of life- to be chasing the things we see. We are to chase a life of spiritual calamities, not physical calamities. Calamities of the crashing of your heart into the haven of Heaven, not your fist into the heart of someone else.
However, collisions of the heart with others are going to happen in this world. When you feel it damaged or penetrated, do not fear or despair. This is necessary in order for God to repair.
This is because life’s physical calamities are inescapable. We all get tossed, broken and beat up at different points in our lives- even if we are chasing the good things. However, Jesus makes life’s calamities easy to bare. If our hearts are set on Heaven, we are closer to it. When the calamity of a deep valley arrives, it is then, when we are suspended higher towards Heaven, that we are able to float over them with greater ease. The valley isn’t as dark or deep because Jesus holds us higher up atop of it.
We still go through the valley, but the fear is lessened because we have a grip to hold onto keeping us safe. And the other blessing that comes with being suspended above your valleys is the ability to not only feel their impact less, but to see the sunny green fields beyond it MORE. Your perspective is redirected to a greater picture.
A more beautiful and expansive masterpiece than the limit of being trapped in the depths of the valley. It allows you to have hope. It allows you to see that the valley is only a small part of the story, but necessary for the next chapter.
It is true that our calamities make us who we are. But it is also true that when our hearts collide with Heaven, they allow us to view them from afar.