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When I gave up the search — it appeared

BlogbutterflyI was sitting in the coffee shop yesterday afternoon, reading a good book. I have a pair of bifocals for reading and computer work, so of course I had my glasses on while I was reading.

I have a little pouch in my shirt pocket where I keep my glasses when I'm not using them, so when it was time to head for home I put my glasses back in their pouch. An hour or two later, I went to my computer to check my e-mails, and naturally put my glasses on. Shock and dismay. One of the lenses was missing. My spectacles were broken and I hadn't even realized it.

JoAnn, always a good ally when something untoward happens, confirmed my thought that a screw had come loose in the glasses. But the big question was -- where on earth was the lens?

I called the coffee shop, and asked them if they could look for it. JoAnn and I looked everywhere. No sign of a missing lens.

Finally, after the assistant at the coffee shop reported she hadn't been able to find anything, I gave up my search, and resigned myself to the fact I’d have to buy a new lens. Around eight o'clock in the evening, I sat down in my chair in the living room to relax and watch a little TV.

I took off my shoes to relax my feet, and put my orthotics into my house shoes. I picked up one of the house shoes, and started to put it on, but something wasn't right.

I looked down. What did I see?

My missing lens was sitting, or I suppose I should say lying on the orthotic in the back of the house shoe. How did it get there? I have absolutely no idea. I cannot begin to conceive how it got there. But that is where it was.

"Seek, and ye shall find," the Bible tells us, and it is perfectly true. They are beautiful words. If we do not seek, we will not find. But there’s a catch in the ancient Scripture, I have found. A paradox, if you will.

When I stopped seeking my missing lens -- I found it.

When JoAnn stopped searching for a good relationships some years back -- there I was! (Oh dear, how self-righteous and self-important can you get?)

When I stopped searching for truth and happiness -- it appeared.

It's as if at a certain point we have to relax our grip, our intensity, our yearning -- our wanting -- and simply surrender.   When we are still, it opens a door to magic. The creative process which wants to bring to us what is right for us is free to do so.

"The Lord works in mysterious ways," someone said. I'd say life works in mysterious ways too.

Changing gears here, before I go, I’d like to express deep thanks to some fellow bloggers who have been kind enough to include posts of mine in their blog carnivals. A blog carnival, by the way, according to Wikipedia, “is a type of blog event. It is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly.”

Lila Jirel has included my post, “A path of true joy and strength beckons you,” in her Carnival of Inspiration and Motivation, at www.cultivatepositivity.com.

James Wortz has included “A prayer of gratitude for my body” in his Living an Intuited Life Carnival at www.intuitedlife.com.

And Christina has included “Old husband finally learns new trick,” at her Everything Worth Reading Carnival at www.Everythingworthreading.blogspot.com.

These are great websites. Hop on over. I know you'll enjoy visiting them and perusing the many excellent posts they have to offer.

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Noel Gaughan August 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Hello chris. Your comments about being vulnerable and strong come home to me. Thats a lovely cheery picture of a butterfly in this page and it reminds me of our deepest nature. I can see it fluttering in the air, how vulnerable he is but he doesent seem to mind. Is he not therefore strong too, just like Love

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Christopher Foster August 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Thanks so much for your words Noel. Yes, the butterfly is weak, in a sense. But how beautifully it flies! What a paradox, isn’t it?

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stephen miracle September 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Great thoughts here. I really think you hit onto something here about seeking. We should always be seeking, but sometimes we do have to stop trying it all under our control. There is a time when we have to step back and allow God to show us the way.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I included this story in my blog carnival about inspirational true stories.

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