wandering in wonder

sharing, on a pilgrims journey

doughnut miracle

If you’ve ever travelled on the London Underground (‘tube’) you’ll know there’s an unwritten, unbreakable rule that one does not, under any circumstances, smile or acknowledge other passengers.                      

 You may offer another passenger your seat, or help with luggage, but not strike up conversations or smile at strangers. It’s just how it is.

 As I am generally just on the tube for the day (i.e. not a regular commuter), I often play a game to push this rule to the limits – I give a smile to another passenger and see what happens (usually nothing – btw, it’s a polite, British ‘acknowledging’ smile, you understand, not a huge grin!).

Imagine my joy yesterday then, when on the Central Line I glanced along the row of seated passengers and saw a young woman looking guiltily at a sugary doughnut she was holding. In a moment of miracle, we ‘caught each others eyes’ and both laughed! She took her first bite and looked back to me again, and we laughed again.

So that was my doughnut miracle… little moments of human connection and shared joy…even on the tube!

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Joy, Life, Light, People, Surprise | , , , , , | Leave a comment

hold on for the light…

                                                              

“yes, I can see a light that is coming, for the heart that holds on,  

and there will be an end to these troubles, but until that day comes,

still i will praise you, still i will praise you…”

                                                            (Matt and Beth Redman) 

                                                   

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Comfort, courage, Life, Light, Nature, Rescue, timing, tough times, Trust, voice of hope, waiting | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

blessed horribleness

I had to go to a horrible meeting this morning.

I got brave. (ready for this bravery?!)

I sent some texts and an email to friends who i know that if i asked, will pray – not the sort who only talk about it – people who will actually pray.

as i went in to the meeting, i felt so supported. and realised that although it was hard for me to ask (i hate to need to….), i realised too that this is what it’s all about – communion of saints, fellowship, support, family, body of Christ – look at it how you will – but it made all the difference today.

and the rest of the day – which could have been a bleak attempt at recovery – was almost overwhelming supportiveness of calls and texts and care.

how much i’d have missed if i’d stuck to my ‘i must be okay’, self-sufficient little ways.

perhaps i’m growing!

April 2, 2008 Posted by | balance, Challenge, courage, Light, Light up my life, People, Surprise, tough times | Leave a comment

you light up my life – Emmaus

it’s a surprising thing (and was the topic of one of my first posts!) that people can show so much of God’s light to us – sometimes things are dark and shadowed and we become accustomed to it, accustomed to coping, being ‘strong’, ‘managing’ – like getting used to seeing in the dark – and then we meet someone, or someone says something, and it’s like a light is switched on. we suddenly see in colour again.

It reminds me of the two who met Jesus on the Emmaus road – they’d given up hope, absorbed in discussions around their grief, and didn’t realise Jesus was with them… then suddenly…

I pray today I’ll recognise when Christ meets with me in other people… and if I realise in time, I’ll thank them for being people who ‘light up my life’… who bring me, expected or unexpected, the light of Christ.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Beauty, Easter, Emmaus, Joy, Life, Light, Light up my life, People, timing | Leave a comment

blinding light

I’ve been struck recently by how light can come through another,

as though they become God’s channel of light for me…

perhaps shining so bright it’s almost blinding.

I worried it could distract me from God to see such light and beauty in another human,

but I think it’s God’s design, that we see – and appreciate – God in each other.

December 9, 2007 Posted by | Light, People | , | 2 Comments