Day 3- The Beautiful Mile


John the Baptist recognized Jesus because he was paying attention.

January 3, 2012. I was not paying attention to the signs. A day off was just that and the ocean was just that. Cold was cold and hot chocolate tasted, well, like hot chocolate. Each moment was a moment that just led to the next… moment. Money provided shelter, and my mother wasted $1,000 buying me a Gucci purse for my 30th birthday because my grandmother died. It’s in the picture, far away from me. (Love you mom for trying)

I climbed that bench on the pier because I wanted to feel…something. I am not sure exactly what. But people say they are happiest on cool days with an ocean breeze and I figured maybe I could be too. Accept that I wasn’t. Because what was sustaining me were days off and hot chocolates that didn’t make me feel any better, even on cold days.

I didn’t learn that life was beautiful until I met the one that created that life. His love was sustainable and real and right in front of me, I just didn’t know it yet. I was paying attention to the distance and not the scenery, not knowing that humans were created to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.

We often times wander, lackluster, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other hoping for a sign as mesmerizing as the transfiguration, but yet are not open to surrender. We fail to realize that beauty is found in the space in which we are, not the space in which we want to be

When I think of a beautiful mile, I think of the 7 Mile Bridge Run. A particular point in the run when I remember flying. Above sea level, 3 miles in, feet to ground, push, push, push. Midpoint, Holy Spirit inspiration, because I looked up and saw that heaven was all around me.

Looking up to heaven taught me that I COULD touch the sky.

Today, as you journey about your day, be like John the Baptist. Intentional, Spirit filled and ready to touch the sky.

6 thoughts on “Day 3- The Beautiful Mile

  1. “Our heart is restless until it rests in you.” – St. Augustine

    I always suggest to every Christian, both Catholic and Non-Catholic, to read The Confessions of St. Augustine. If you only read the first page you come across that quote.

    The quote is interesting, as you were searching for something, God searches for you. I never noticed it until I made St. Augustine shirts for my study group for the Confessions when I put the quote in Latin, Augustine uses the singular version of heart with the word Our. Augustine was rhetorician, so the choice of words would have been intentional, is he speaking about humanity or the Body is Christ?

    What is rest? What is leisure? It’s not sitting on the couch. In many ways, it is the consent to the grace of God. To finally put on the yoke is Christ and let Him direct your life. Once you consent that yoke and your life, which from other viewpoints differ, is sweet indeed!

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    1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser

      Yes, that is one of my favorite quotes. My restlessness in that way ended when I found Him in the Catholic Church in 2015. Now my yearning is to know Him, love Him and serve Him! The closer I get to Him and leave myself behind, the more I know what it is to fly!

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      1. Do you pray the Liturgy of the Hours? The iBreviary app is a good place to start a prayer devotion. I’m sure you have many, but these are called the prayers of the Church. On feast/memorial days you pray the same psalms, so you to know them very well. Part of the morning psalm speaks to your desire:

        Psalms 63:2 O God, you are my God—it is you I seek!For you my body yearns;for you my soul thirsts, In a land parched, lifeless, and without water.

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  2. Fran H

    In my attempts to “know Him, love HIm, and serve Him”, I can sometimes be left with an empty feeling if I am not intentionally pouring God’s pure love from my heart into my thoughts, words, and deeds. Going throught the motions without making each moment an act of God’s love is like a desert waiting for the rain. Lord, rain down your love in and through all that I say and do. Amen.

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