Does anybody remember this popular song from the mid 90’s? As a teenager, I sang along with Alanis Morissette as she belted out her timely rendition of “What if God was One of Us?”. The message instantly resonated with me. To humanize God makes Him real and tangible; but there’s still something majestic about Him, even in a form that we can identify with. I was reminded of this thought and the song in an encounter I had the other day. It touched my soul and I feel that I must share it with you in this blog to show that God shows up exactly when you need Him…and as a real person, just like you and me.
Most of you probably don’t know this, but to supplement my income, I drive with Uber. It’s been a good experience because not only do I make extra money, but it encourages me to get out and interact with new people on a daily basis. Any how, back to the point. I picked up a customer from an airport yesterday to take him to ANOTHER airport on the opposite side of town for his flight that departed within the hour. Before he got in the car, he asked me if he we’d be able to make it on time; and I was honest, telling him we’d be cutting it extremely close. If you live in a major city where it takes forever to get to the other side of town because of traffic, you may realize that my response might have been an understatement; nevertheless, he took the risk and we proceeded to drive across-town.
As a driver, you learn to take your cues from your customer regarding whether or not you should hold a conversation. If they aren’t receptive to your greeting and remain quiet, you stay quiet. This customer was not that type of customer! He was affable and open to chit-chat; so that’s what we did. He began to reveal some deep life concepts about his recent experiences. One of the comments I remember vividly was “we all go through hardships; but if you continue to put positivity back into the universe, it will be returned”. He went on to describe a recent business struggle that he was currently going through but was confident that it would work it self out.
He told me that the reason he was self-assured is because when he looked back on his life and reflected on the struggles he went through, he realized they weren’t as bad as he’d made them out to be. He did, however, acknowledge that in the midst of turmoil, the burden seemed extremely heavy; like it was too much for one person to handle.
I believe this expression is one we can all relate with. When we’re struggling, we isolate ourselves, placing a magnifying glass on the problem. We believe that our lives, hopes, and dreams are crumbling before our very own eyes, until we put the issue into perspective.
Once we open our eyes to look beyond our personal problems, we are able to see that we aren’t the only ones with problems. There’s the woman down the street who just received a cancer diagnosis. Or what about your friend from church who just lost her mother? And let’s not forget the recent mass shootings of the victims in an Orlando night club. Many people lost their, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, uncles, friends and loved ones on that fateful night.
So I guess the moral of life’s story is to look beyond yourself and help others while you’re going through your own struggles.You’ll feel better when you brighten someone else’s day. And while you’re in the midst of helping and reaching out to others, you’ll look up and notice that the storm clouds have left and have been replaced with a rainbow! In the words of the late Kidd Kraddick, “Keep looking up, ’cause that’s where it all is!”
Enjoy life, my friends!
JRobinson, JRobinson Digital Media Services