Sometimes I get stuck, I get lost in translation. I interpret, I misinterpret and I analyze. The original meaning is then lost, and then I create a meaning that makes sense to me. Have you ever experienced this?
- You interpret a look or action
- You interpret something that is said
- You assume you know the meaning behind a text that is sent to you
Don’t we all get lost in translation? How can one really know the true intent of a moment and action, or a statement unless they seek to completely understand the context?
To seek to understand before understanding.
I have been there so many times, analytical people or internalizers have been there.
I assume. I think I “know”.
I am reminded so many times that my interpretation may be skewed based on my perception, of where I have been and where I am.
God promises us a future that is free of pain. He tells us so many times to not lean on our understanding. To look to Him for guidance.
I need to slow my thoughts down, and take every moment for what it is. And if I am confused or concerned, then I have the power to probe and ask questions of intent instead of bottling up and creating a story that is fiction.
Perhaps this moment, if we truly decide to be present, is taking in everything it is? Perhaps it is allowing us to experience the feelings and explore? Perhaps really, it is to let go and respond with an intent that seeks to understand?
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)
In those times where I may experience concern, confusion, perhaps I need to look to Him to lead.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
One of the most amazing prayers that I feel explains this so well is the prayer of St. Francis.
May you be blessed today friend, and take time to slow down and seek to understand.