“Gabriel, you have been to earth. Explain the humans to me.”
They could see, the angels could always see us. Our limitation to one dimension is an earthly boundary. Before them, around them, were people (of course, the people could not see the angels) and the people were driving here and there, busily going about their business.
“These little contraptions are called cars. They carry the humans from home to work or a place to eat or to visit with another humans or to a variety of places. They can not fly or transport as we do. They take great pride in their contraption. If it is big, like that one, they like it better. Shiny, like this one, gives them more points. This one has smudges and this is not the preferred shape. This makes the other humans not like the person inside it as much.”
“These little flat devices, they hold to their ears and talk to someone that is not with them….someone with this shape is avoided….if you have less of this paper…..a smaller home to sleep in…”
Gabriel was interrupted by the inquiring angel, “But that is not their home, none of those things matter! Their time on earth is so quickly lived, why do they waste their resources that were given to them to help others enter heaven for such measly things that do not matter?!”
Sometimes I sit and watch this world and I find such humor in ourselves. I find humor in myself! Why do I care so much about these possessions that are outdated, broken, and useless tomorrow? Why do I care so much what other people think about me?
The big C word is a brand on my forehead that demotes me to a lower status. Oh, many use it for “pity me points” but I do not want your pity. I have seen some use my own brand and their association with me to be the one up story or the gossipy prayer request. I want to be free, I want to be low maintenance, take care of myself, independent, strong, and healthy.
And that is one of the very reasons that I believe that God gave me this thorn in my side, “Caroline, depend on me. You CAN NOT do this life on your own.”
So, for nineteen years I have lived having to explain my condition, lived with the secret and knowing when to share, just now being able to tell my story over Beautiful Life with Cancer, realizing that all these little habits that I fall into with the rest of the world, DO NOT MATTER! It is absolutely ridiculous when I take a minute to separate from this silly culture and this human life to see the sacrifices I make to “fit in” while I am walking right by someone in need or being selfish for the sake of things when I am called to serve and give.
I AM HEALED. Nineteen years of this thorn in my side means that I beat it! I have survived. If this story trails behind me and part of my purpose in life is to share it, and that is how I can help others, then I thank God and I beg of him to be the strength inside of this human that sometimes makes no sense at all.