25 April 2008
This is the view from the top of St. Peter's Basilica. It is a very long climb up. The last part of the climb, you are "tilted" to your right, by the dome's shape. It is uncomfortable. But when you step out onto the observation landing, all the pain vanishes. The view is SPECTACULAR!
The point is, this is just like life. We go thru times that are just plain uncomfortable, they don't fit us, and they bind. And then when we are really sick of the discomfort, we turn around and see a new point of view. Then suddenly we actually see that the journey thru the pain brought us to this spectacular place.
I think it is called "grace".
We become relieved of the heavy burden and we rejoice.
And perhaps the best part is that we can look at our life in retrospect, and see how the events of our life have conspired to lead us right here to this place of serenity, beauty and insight.
I am so blessed.