"Believe it, see it!"
(© 2002 By: Bob Perks - Bob@IWishYouEnough.com)

7-31-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #199

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds"].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"Believe it, see it!"
(©2002 By: Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)
"There is so much I am hoping to see on this trip," I told the man.  "None of it has anything to do with landmarks and tourist traps."
My plane was scheduled to leave the Philadelphia airport at 6 a.m.  I stayed in a nearby hotel the night before and because of the new security measures, I needed to get up at 3 a.m.
I did.  I was through the whole process in less than 15 minutes and spent the rest of the time desperately looking for a cup of coffee.
It was then that I met him. 
His white hair was highlighted with gray.  He wore an expensive looking suit and had all the latest business person gadgets to make him look even more important.
"It's just a front, you know," he said to me.  He must have sensed that I was trying to figure him out.
"What's that?" I replied.
"Cell phones, pagers, Palm Pilots and lap tops.  We really don't need any of these things.  I believe we get them because it's the right image."
"Like the shoes and belt that scream "Designer"?
"Yes," he replied.  "But why?  Why do we do it?"
"I guess you'd have to ask yourself that one.  I'm wearing jean shorts and a T-shirt."
He laughed and we introduced ourselves.
"So I'm guessing you're on a big business trip," I said.
"Yes, and you're on vacation."
"Not really.  I'm on a mission of sorts," I told him.
"Sounds mysterious."
"Well, it is a mystery to me why I agreed to do this."
I explained the real reason behind the adventure but added,  "There is so much I am hoping to see on this trip.  None of it has anything to do with landmarks and tourist traps." 
Just then a nearby coffee shop opened up. We swarmed like bees and formed a line.  We continued our conversation as we waited impatiently for that first jolt of caffeine.
"I'm in search of people, ideas, and moments that most everyone wouldn't notice," I said.
Even in the foggy early morning condition my mind was in, what he said next grabbed my attention.
"Whatever you think you might see all depends on what you choose to believe."
I loved that thought.
Send ten people on the exact same trip I was taking and you could get ten different stories.
I was looking for gems mixed in with the scenery.  Others might just see the scenery.  Still others might be bored with the whole thing.
Whether your journey thus far has been 52 years, 20 something or a grand 70 plus, your view of your life all depends on what you chose to believe along the way.
Perhaps this is a day to re-evaluate it all.  Pretend that you just returned from a vacation.  Pull out all the picture albums, journals, or scrap books and go back to the beginning.  Try seeing things differently.  Place a greater value on that family portrait.  Look deeper into the moment captured in still life and pull from it the gems that you didn't know were there all along. 
Like the man said, "Whatever you think you might see all depends on what you choose to believe."
I guess you can say, "Believe it, see it."

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        I see You in Everything and, with Much practice, I am beginning to be able to See You Also in Every-One.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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