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It Brings a Smile to My Face

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Written by Basil on 08/10/2004 3:31 PM. Filed under:


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Oh, boy. It’s been nearly a month since my last post. Mostly I’ve been busy with stuff. The personal stuff (work, daily grind, etc.) is mostly pretty boring, but you can read about it on my Yahoo! Groups website.

Well, mostly boring. Something is happening in my life that is not so boring. My heart beats more quickly; I smile more often; and generally, life is more liveable. I can now hope with faith in God that the future really is a brighter place than the past. In looking at my changing circumstances, I thank God more than ever for leading me on all the winding paths I have taken so far.

My spiritual father once related words of comfort that he was given by his confessor: At the end, when you look back on your life, all the winding roads you took will appear as a straight line, leading directly to God. I never understood that. All the plot-lines of my story seemed untidy, unresolved. Now, some of them are coming together in a way beyond my imagining, and the providence of God amazes me.

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12 Responses to “It Brings a Smile to My Face”

  1. JoelThomas Says:

    I hope you’ve kept a journal or something documenting your travels, mishaps, disappointments, and miracles that God has been working in your life through your experiences. I’d like to sit down and talk about it with you sometime. Keep up the good work, dear brother. Life sucks, but looking back, we can definitely see how good God is.

  2. philippa Says:

    “At the end, when you look back on your life, all the winding roads you took will appear as a straight line, leading directly to God.” Glory to God that you can see this. I am about half way through my life and have only now begun to gain a tiny shadowed glimpse. Truly a blessing. Thanks for the post.

  3. lisa Says:

    ok Basil, we all know you well enough, who is she?! :)

  4. lisa Says:

    p.s. I’m not really expecting an answer in case you didn’t figure that out, just pickin’ on ya! :)

  5. alana Says:

    Yes, please, do tell! We need fodder, here in the henhouse!!!!

  6. basil Says:

    Lisa and Alana: Well, I figured it was pretty obvious what I was talking about. 😀 I’m still deciding how much I should make public and when. Hopefully, when I get some leave I’ll be able to bring her down and introduce her to everyone. Of course, she has an open invitation to stay with the Ruckers, so she might visit on her own before I get a chance to visit.

  7. Karl Thienes Says:

    Yeah, you weren’t fooling anyone (either here or on the basilfriends list)!

    At least give us a name so we can pray for her! :)

  8. basil Says:

    Ooh, blast! The “we need to know so we can pray” trick. MUST RESIST!

  9. basil Says:

    OK. Her patron saint is St. Basil’s mother.That’s all you get for now, but that’s still a lot.

  10. Karl Thienes Says:

    That works every time! :) Thanks!

  11. Erich Says:

    I may not know you that well, but it was obvious in reading the post that a girl was involved. Tone’s don’t change that drastically without that particular factor.

  12. Josh Says:

    All right brother-man, you’re definitely in my prayers – not that you weren’t before.