• Shane Adkisson
  • Jan 14, 2018

painting--guy in cell - guy in cell


It was a normal trip to Union Station in St. Louis.  The girls and the kids.  None of the men were to be found. 

They were all lined up at the second floor railing looking down as the performers at "The Fudgery" made fudge, sang and harassed the crowd.

That's when the unthinkable happened.

Somehow my two year old had gotten his head between the bars of the railing and couldn't get his head out.  My wife bent down and tried to calmly reposition him to back him out easily, but as you might imagine--two year old Riley went into panic mode! 

Dee Dee's trying to remain calm, but Riley was scared and the situation moved immediately to Defcon 5.

Without wasting a moment, she grabbed him around the waist and jerked him free.  He calmed down and everything went back to normal with the exception of him complaining about how his ears hurt for the rest of the day!

Have you ever been stuck?  Not like Riley.  I'm talking about something more serious.

Have you ever been stuck in a moment and you couldn't get out of it?  Maybe it was an event or a tragedy that so marked your life that it seemed to define you.

Every moment in the future begins to be filtered through that moment in the past.  We lose the ability to embrace the future or the present due to our paralysis.

When I was in college I had an old car and the rearview mirror fell off.  Not a big deal, but what a pain.  You don't realize how much you use one until it's gone.

Rearview mirrors are great things and they're quite handy, but they make terrible windshields.

Too often an experience becomes the lens through which life is lived.  

In the midst of our weakness God calls us to get up, take initiative and make the choice to embrace life.

I appreciate healthy reflection.  As a follower of Jesus I've come to understand that although we can't change the past, we are not limited by the past because . . . God has designed life so that we can create the future.