Richard and I stood at another glass-enclosed kiosk and studied the enlarged map of the old city. We consulted and photographed such maps frequently during our 6-week/10 countries trip to Europe a few years ago. We loved the confidence and security experienced when we found the red circle indicating, “You Are HERE.” This particular time, Richard, trying to get his bearings, leaned into the map and asked me, “Are we where we are?” The question struck me as hilarious, and I noted it as the most quotable quote of the trip.
The comment brought great clarity to the moment and our lives. We weren’t just standing at a red dot; we were where we were. Not where we’d been and not yet where we were going!
Today we live in a significant and uncertain time of history—a global pandemic rages– immobilizing our lives and well-being. The economy resembles a capricious roller coaster ride. Our national conscience is awakening to the inexcusable realities of racial injustice. All of these issues are deeply personal and are heavy to bear. To be honest, as we stand at this intersection of life and history, we may know where we’ve been, but we are uncertain where we are, and we haven’t a clue where we are going.
The red dot and Richard’s comment remind us, “We are where we are!” Therefore, we have to discern how to redeem our time as well as our pain. In isolation, we may have more hours than we know what to do with—providing an opportunity to reflect, learn, be still, and examine our lives and values. We can explore the writings and teachings of brothers and sisters of other races and together lament the losses and injustice. We can seek reconciliation. Even from a distance, we can reach out to family and neighbors and friends through technology—as well as written words. We can encourage those who are isolated, pray for those who mourn and send financial support to those in need.
We are where we are –for such a time as this! Let us humble ourselves and seek to live, love, and serve abundantly and lavishly right where we are.
Let’s not waste the red dot.
written by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite
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