Advent & Joy (13)
FINDING JOY IN THE ORDINARY -- Must Read! -mj
By Max Lucado
We played every game we knew. We ran up and down the hall. We played "find me" behind the couch. We bounced the beach ball off each other's heads. We wrestled, played tag, and danced.
It was a big evening for Mom, Dad, and little Jenna. We were having so much fun that we ignored the bedtime hour and turned off the T.V. And if the storm hadn't hit, who knows how late we would have played.
But then the storm hit. Rain pattered, then tapped, then slapped against the windows. The winds roared in off the Atlantic and gushed through the nearby mountains with such force that all the power went off. The adjacent valley acted as a funnel, hosing wind on the city.
We all went into the bedroom and lay on the bed. In the darkness we listened to the divine orchestra. Electricity danced in the sky like a conductor's baton summoning the deep kettledrums of thunder.
I sensed it as we were lying on the bed. It blew over me mixed with the sweet fragrance of fresh rain. My wife was lying silently at my side. Jenna was using my stomach for her pillow. She, too, was quiet. Our second child, only a month from birth, rested within the womb of her mother. They must have sensed it, for no one spoke. It entered our presence as if introduced by God himself. And no one dared stir for fear it would leave prematurely.
What was it? An eternal instant.
An instant in time that had no time. A picture that froze in mid- frame, demanding to be savored. A minute that refused to die after sixty seconds. A moment that was lifted off the time line and amplified into a forever so all the angels could witness its majesty.
An eternal instant.
A moment that reminds you of the treasures surrounding you. Your home. Your peace of mind. Your health. A moment that tenderly rebukes you for spending so much time on temporal preoccupations such as savings accounts, houses, and punctuality. A moment that can bring a mist to the manliest of eyes and perspective to the darkest life.
Eternal instants have dotted history.
It was an eternal instant when the Creator smiled and said, "It is good." It was a timeless moment when Abraham pleaded for mercy from the God of mercy, "But if there are just ten faithful." It was a moment without time when Noah pushed open the rain-soaked hatch and breathed in the clean air.
And it was a moment in the "fullness of time" when a carpenter, some smelly shepherds, and an exhausted, young mother stood in silent awe at the sight of the infant in the manger.
You've had them. We all have. Sharing a porch swing on a summer evening with your grandchild. Seeing her face in the glow of the candle. Putting your arm into your husband's as you stroll through the golden leaves and breathe the brisk autumn air. Listening to your six-year-old thank God for everything from goldfish to Grandma.
Such moments are necessary because they remind us that everything is okay. The King is still on the throne and life is still worth living. Eternal instants remind us that love is still the greatest possession and the future is nothing to fear.
The next time an instant in your life begins to be eternal, let it. Put your head back on the pillow and soak it in. Resist the urge to cut it short. Don't interrupt the silence or shatter the solemnity. You are, in a very special way, on holy ground.
We caught The Hobbit and it's really worth the trip to the cinema. Looking forward for Part 2 & 3 next year.
If you look in the "right place" on the net, you can find both the animated version of Tolkiens LOTR & The Hobbit from 1977 that the little ones will enjoy.
So I got this android device shortly after the Irudayam's left KL recently. The headline, well that's just to show you how BM can blow thing out of proportion.
Back to the device, after un-boxing it, I took out my credit card thinking that I had to use it in order to sign in HOWEVER unlike some branded tablets, it only needed my g mail account and I was already logged in. What amazed me was the tabled pulled all my google accounts associated with my g mail .....blogs, picasa, and event my office calendar of events was automatically in the tablet. That's because we are on the google server la.....I assume. Currently I am trying to find the time to test the device with google cloud, drive and print. I like these ideas with google has created to simplify having all in a device but I still like customizing my own cloud coz I like to see and listen what is dear to me! Hence the Synology which I am glad to know Chis also has is my best companion. Sorry itunes but I have Syno which lets me view and listen to whatever is on my little box at home from anywhere in the world!
Having both an ipad and android device, i must admit that the 2 devices has its pros and cons. For the android, I particularly like all the touch functions without having to press the HOME button which the ipad has. The android has only 2 buttons - ON/OFF and VOLUME.
Fluidity, well the ipad still rules despite android latest jellybean OS boasting of its buttery browsing experience. It's still smooth but apple still has the edge.
Don't really know about the ios6 but on the latest android, closing open or running apps is also one of my favourites. All you have to do is slide the open apps to the side or top and its closed. My ipad running on ios4 has to be done manually or I believe there is an app for closing apps!!! Yeah they have an app for everything it seems.
For me I just need the tab for quick browsing, on this not the 16GB doesn't come with Cellular so for those of you who wanna be ONLINE 24/7, please get another device or the ipad! When I travel I believe the free hotspots (at the airports) are sufficient. Locally, I have my mifi so cukup la tu! So yes its quick content search for me, check e mails and reply if its urgent (have the blackberry for that too). And yes I like to skype with the kids when I am away. On this note the cam is ONLY front facing. So for those avid pixman, please use your freaking DSLR for better pictures....iphone also can ma!
I also like the pull down menus on the top left corner - it becomes active when messages, updates or downloads are completed.
My favourite also is the google now app! It automatically detects where you are and prompts you to select - HOME or OFFICE. Once you have done that then the cards which you can select or delete will provide you on-the-spot info of your travel time home with some traffic info. Cards on sports allows you to select for instance Liverpool and info will be posted before, during and after the game.
Here's the deal - the Nexus 7 cost me RM840. We all know the mini price don't we!?
So yes me being the late adopter has finally bought a tab by myself. Mind you the ipad was given to me!
Ops looking at google now and its saying that I am going to take 1hr and 02mins to get home with heavy traffic on Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2!!!
That's all folks. Have a good weekend! FYI Google did not pay me anything to blog about this!!