(Because Catching Fire just came out on DVD)
Like food poisoning, my love for you came on suddenly and without forewarning.
There I was sitting in a crowded theatre of tween girls and I found myself squealing in decibels I’ve only believed to be in a gerbil’s register.
My mind quickly replayed Catching Fire staring me, in a side braid and cargo pants:
(I’m practicing my archery skills in the backyard on some soda cans I’ve lined up on a fence. I shoot. Miss. Hit a stray cat that happens to be walking by. It shrieks, dies. My depth perception and prescription are clearly far worse than Katniss’. YOU appear.)
YOU: It’s almost time to go. The lady with the hair the color of cotton candy is here. Her dress is made out of butterflies.
(You stare out into the woods to avoid eye contact. I notice you are carrying a bag of freshly baked cookies.)
ME AS KATNISS: I love a man that brings me baked goods.
(You continue to avoid eye contact. I clear my throat, put down my bow, walk over to you.)
ME AS KATNISS: We’re going to have to continue to act like we’re in love.
(You turn, look at me. I can see in your eyes that you weren’t pretending the first time and are hurt that you thought I was.)
ME AS KATNISS: But I won’t be acting anymore.
PEETA: But what about that other guy who is actually significantly taller than me and used to date Miley Cyrus?
ME AT KATNISS: I want to be the hummus to your Peeta.
(You give me a cookie. I eat it. You look at me. I look at you. My insides melt like a popsicle in the Sahara. Then we run away and start an underground bakery in another district.)
You should know—surely you must know—I would never, ever, date anyone shorter than me.
But yet here you are, 5’6 and I’m 5’10 and we’ll make it work.
As long as you keep bringing me baked goods WE’LL MAKE IT WORK.
Until the next movie comes out and/or I finally read the third book to figure out what finally happens to you,
PS. I may or may not have a torrid relationship history with fictional characters.
I’ve realized two things lately:
1) This blog has become more stale than a loaf of bread three months past its expiration date
2) Christians are way too serious
I can blame my busyness for my blog’s dryness, but what excuse do Christians have?
We can’t blame it on our expiration dates.
For a people that have been redeemed through a sacrificial act of extravagant love, we seem to be walking around like our puppy keeps getting run over by a truck every single day.
I’m not sure if You can feel the chill all the way up there in the clouds, but it’s pretty cold down here.
If the “Frozen Chosen” were a brand of popsicles, it would probably be a lot cooler than what they actually are.
My friend went to a Christian concert the other day and told me that the band, in an effort to get everyone to loosen up and enjoy themselves, said: “We’re going to have fun tonight because seriousness isn’t a fruit of the spirit. Joy is.”
I know it was written on the stone tablets, “Thou shall not steal,” but I’m totally stealing that saying.
Somehow we’ve forgotten the joy. The laughter. The happiness.
Yes, there is a time and season for everything. “A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecc 3:4). But we seem to be forgetting to laugh and dance.
We seem to be forgetting that seriousness isn’t a fruit of the spirit.
Like a spiritual fortune cookie, Solomon sums it up well in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
I’m not sure what’s crushing our spirits as Christians. The world. Money. Jobs. Relationships. Suffering. Depression. Illness. I’m sure it’s a list that rivals an exhaustive phone book of New York City.
And I’m sure our joy-less spirits are drying up our bones.
I wonder what would happen if we stopped being a stale people and started being the ones that displayed joy amongst love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Turns out laughter may be the best medicine after all.
I’ve decided sunsets are like chicken nuggets. No two ever look the same.
I’d like to consider myself a “sunset chaser,” if you will. I’ve been chasing sunsets over the ocean like storm chasers stalk tornadoes in a field in Kansas.
And you blessed the socks right off me when I finally saw the sun set over the Pacific Ocean (because the sun setting in bays over the Atlantic just doesn’t count).
Somewhere between creating day and night you decided to create this amazing transition between the two. And no two sunsets are ever the same. You just keep me guessing. And keep me chasing the new, the different, the beautiful.
Kudos, G. Kudos.
In awe, your child,