If you want to miss the big picture, put a frame around it. I’m learning that the more I decide what things are going to be, or how I should deal with them before I get to them, the less that I learn. The more I plan ahead, the less I’m able to experience what is really happening. Instead of saying to God “This is what I want out of this experience”, I need to say “God, what do You want me to get out of this”?
I don’t want to miss anything. I want to be open, like a child, to whatever is really there. I want to see with new eyes and hear with new ears. I want to stop defining and start delighting. I want to stop deciding what is “bad” or “good” and see things for what they really –are-, right then, and know that God is working through them to make them something else as well.
Nothing is constant. Everything is in the hands of God. The more I expect to see things or people a certain way, the more I’ll see just that, and the less I’ll see what God has put right in front of me.