Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Only one more day in NYC. We go home tomorrow. Last night we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the most crowded I have ever seen it, but still fun. A perfect evening with temperatures in the 50's. At one point we stopped at the side of the bridge for the guys to make a picture of me to send to Jason to use in this blog. (He is putting it together for me.) I looked down on the rail and someone had written in sharpie "you are exactly where you're supposed to be." I thought to myself that often that is true, if you listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
My friend and adopted son, Greg, said something so profound to me the other day though, that I wanted to share it with you. He said that so many of us see things "through our clouded Gollum eyes." He went on to say that we see what the "dark spirits want us to see." I could add to that and say we listen to those dark spirits instead of the Holy spirit. I told Tommy that that would preach. Greg has a regular column so I told him he should spend a whole column on this thought.
Another thing that has stuck in my mind is a movie trailer that John boy showed us this morning. It is worth seeing...not for the language, but for the message. It's a rather lengthy message, but he is saying that all of us are just "polishing the brass on the Titanic." We look at all the material things around us and want all of it. It comes down to the fact that we are all just polishing the brass on the Titanic. It's all going down.
This may seem like a downer of a blog, but it isn't to me. Writing it has been insightful to me. It makes me want to try to always be just where I am supposed to be, and to quit polishing the brass on the Titanic.