Switching places

Emanuel, Jehova, God, Abba, Father….. I AM! I am creation, I am the very breath you take now. I am the One who made all, who dream all and who loves all. It started with a slide of my hand. I drew the line where darkness dared to tread. I separated the light with my lips … LET… THERE… BE… LIGHT!

I loved you before I even thought of creating night and day. For you I keep the sun at a safe distance. For you I hold the darkness at bay. I painted the stars and instructed the galaxy to exist with splendor, for you. My breath brought Adam and Eve to life, and even through the pain I loved them. In that moment when I did not reign supreme in THEIR hearts I chose to cradle them, to hold them close to my heart. Even the Israelites on their way to ‘the promised land’ doubted my provision. I gave them manna and quails, still they were hesitant in their trust. Still I chose to be faithful. I gave them cloud by day, and my presence at night, still they doubted me and yet again I still chose to be faithful, I chose to love.

What I would do to keep you close. I treasure you so much, I am willing to give away whole nations just to know your heart. Little David tending to the sheep was already a king while tending to the flock. Just like you, he too thought he was small and insignificant. And just like many, he made a lot of mistakes. But haven’t you seen, haven’t you heard? I have great plans for you. You see, I already know your heart, I know the great things that I have planned for you. Little Jesus was ready to carry the weight of mankind all by himself. A small boy with great responsibility, nailed to a wooden cross. My heart almost ceased knowing his pain and seeing his body ravaged and broken. He was still my little boy! My tears ran and I ached for what He went through. His blood gave you crowning glory, His broken body was the ransom that was paid for YOU! And now? Now, your life starts. My love for you have already started and my dream for you is being written as you live your life from day to day. My love is unlike time, it may not tick away every moment, but it remains. It remains to give, nurture, guide and provide. May you live, focus, change, move, play, share and dream within the love I wish for you. Because I love you!

Traffic wisdom

Driving to my appointment today, I couldn’t help noticing a billboard over the road just as I drove out of town. The firm has a catchy logo with the words ‘ever evolving’ and I can feel a brain fart coming.  Are we all evolving? When do we qualify the process of evolution and when can we say we are actually part of this process?

Now the question is obvious.  Thinking about this very controversial theory do we see evolution as a positive?  We know according to the theory we all are very distant relatives of the ape, then Neanderthal to what we are today.  Allegedly!  We are homo sapiens, we are alive and breathing, we are evolving in relation to time, technology and sometimes outgrowing cultural boundaries.  A classic case of secularism I suppose.  What where taboo twenty years ago is now the norm and so liberation has slowly became part of our daily thinking.  Pleased to meet you liberation, have a nice day now!

Is this just a crazy case of erratic post modernism?  Does evolution bring with it to the table more social dilemmas that in ten years from now will be duly justified and maybe part of our everyday existence?  Divorce, homosexuality and yes acupuncture!    Call it evolution, liberalism or even post modernism, in fact, call it what you want, but with time comes the great gift of knowledge and with it transformation. This is a great learning opportunity!

We need to learn from it, understand it and embrace it!  Surely even we cannot stay the same.  We must move forward and within this quest for personal wellbeing be at peace with who we are and also the wellbeing of our fellow human beings. “To each it’s own”.  Life will still be happening tomorrow and that’s the great thing about evolution, everything will carry on.  Time will not be halted and what you believe and feel strongly about now, will change in two maybe three year’s time?  Growing a new perspective?

Driving back I make a conscious decision to nurture this new friend called evolution.  I want to keep changing, I want to keep learning from my fellow men and woman, adapt and explore new ways of living life. Growing, transforming and yes, evolve! The traffic is getting heavy and my moment is over and next time I will use evolution and make use of the train!

Two worlds in a vetkoek!

You just cannot fight the chill, almost to the point that you would do anything to be warm.  Thus I found my way out the office towards Vermeulen Street.  I know there’s a lady who sells vetkoek on the street.  A bit risky to me, who like things relatively planned and secure I decided to give it a go.

“Sorry, no vetkoek now, I have to make a new batch for you”.  Her words almost agitated me, coz now I have to WAIT for my vetkoek.  I had this all planned, dash out, get the vetkoek, dash back in. No problem! So I wait and started seeing things.  Don’t worry, I did not see dead people, but I became aware of a different world within this city I work in every day.  A world where people wave through the bus windows at their fellow city goers, a world where the metro cop are queuing with me, to get a vetkoek for only 1 bucks 50.

By this time Rose (the vetkoek lady) and I started talking about business, children (not that I have any, but tried to look very interested) and the cold.  Yes, this is something we all share, the cold! Rose shared with me how she get up at 1:30am to take the bus at 3:00am to make it to the city.  She must be ready you see, coz customers are already buying vetkoek from 5:00am.  She speaks with pride on how vetkoek bought her children’s education, how vetkoek enabled her to live in a house and how her small little business are keeping her family afloat.  Somehow I forgot about the cold and just imagined myself in her shoes. Unspeakable!

This round friendly lady sharing her life with me, in a vetkoek session.  I have nothing, zero, zip in common with her, but I felt a strange fellowship and kin-ness with her.  I walked back to the office thinking of Rose.  She became Tannie Rose over this vetkoek session, she’s no stranger to me anymore.  Tannie Rose became someone I could look up to, someone who lives the testimony of hard work is worth it.  My heart is warm and the vetkoek tasted great! Tannie Rose gave me her world in a vetkoek, it’s SO different from the world I live in and I’m truly humbled.  Surely didn’t know that a vetkoek can merge two worlds.  My hunger, totally satisfied, but her hunger for life made my vetkoek taste spectacular!