One of our family traditions is to order Chinese Food for our New Year’s Celebration. Our children are thrilled to try new delights, and it also gives the cook a night off – a true win-win! This year as we were enjoying our delicious food, our children were very excited to open their fortune cookies. They always ponder over how best to distribute the cookies, so everyone gets the “right” fortune cookie. I think this year they did a great job as the fortune in the cookie my husband opened said that he had married well! The other fortunes were cute and appropriate for our tweens and teens around the table.
With all of the excitement and energy around the table, it took me a little longer to finish my meal and so I ended up opening my fortune cookie well after all the others had been opened and discussed. As I opened up my cookie I laughed with delight – “Good news is on its way.” My first thought went to a newly published book I had just completed – perhaps this was the source of good news. Then I thought about all the business development work I did at year’s end; perhaps this was the source of good news. As I was sitting there with all of these thoughts rushing through my head about what good news this could be, my big ah-ha emerged, what a beautiful fortune cookie. For me, this fortune was not unique to me, but it is open to everyone!
Through my love and faith in my Heavenly Father, I know that He loves me so much that He sent His only Son to earth for each of us. Our Creator offered His Son so that everyone need not fear death. His Son was able to conquer death, so when we leave this world, we can go and dwell with Him. Our Creators hope is that we live with him or spend time with Him in prayer and meditation while on this earth. It is our chance to prepare ourselves for the time when we leave this earth to dwell with Him in the heavens. How cool that a simple fortune cookie could affirm and point to this amazing gift.
My ah-ha in this story is to stop limiting my line of sight to an earthly one. When I read that good news was coming, my mind went to physical goods. I believe I am not alone, and this is a challenge for all of us. When we can shift our line of sight to a heavenly one, many other things within us move as well. As we enter 2016, I wonder what your world might look like if you could shift your line of sight to more fully appreciate that indeed Good news is on its way for everyone!
Do you seek stories to bring you some good news? To remind you of the good in our world and within each of us? I encourage you to read my book Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary today. Find stories that you can connect to all while sneaking those veggies for a purposeful and love filled life!