I have strange random thoughts. About anything. And it varies from day-to-day. In the past I have been called an “old soul” and can quickly identify others who share in this “special” thought pattern. I have also come to realize that being an “old soul” lends itself to the bizarre and unusual – for no reason at all.
When students of mine ask penetrating questions – or ponder before answering and then have a brilliant and well thought out answer to a questions with a far away look in their eyes – I know they are also an “old soul”. My own son began doing this when he was no older than 2 – and over the years we have had many outrageous and enlightening conversations from the universe to relationships and everything in between. He is an “old soul”. He has always asked meaningful questions and wondered at the mysteries of life – just like me.
I remember being very young and having questions that were well beyond my years. I would wonder about things that could not always be answered. The mystery of universe, salvation, the cross and just why God does things with us the way He chooses to. My little mind tries to take it all in – but I end up having way more questions than answers. I have talked Greg’s ear off more times than I care to admit, mostly at night when he’s trying to sleep. He always has the same reply for me when things get too deep, “ask Dr. Braddy” (a former college professor of ours) It is also a way for him to get me to stop asking questions and let him go to sleep 🙂
Last night Greg and I were watching a movie on film editing. There was a line in it that said, “if you are here now – your ancestors were tough”. I can’t tell you how that one thought has been a thought of mine for SO LONG over the many years. You mean, someone else has actually thought of that too? How random – how great to hear that!
It is mind-blowing to think of all the things that has had to happen in the past, not only happen – but happen in a distinct and orderly fashion for those ancestors of mine to have survived plagues, floods, disease, famine, hardship, voyages and other things throughout the many centuries in order for me to be here RIGHT NOW.
The only thing that makes any sense at all – is that somehow God ordained for me to be here. He knew the journey through all the past centuries that my blood line would journey in order for me to come to this point in time. How many ask the question, “why?” Not many. Most just blindly accept their presence on this earth as obvious and miss the wonder and miracle.
If you are one who asks the deep questions and are not completely satisfied until those questions are explored and dissected – you are probably an “old soul”. And if you are like me – you wander around and look at everything with a question mark. You do not easily accept the obvious or just the plain facts – you want an answer that makes sense. And you do not like a ‘pat on the head’ or people telling you not to worry about it.
“Old souls” are special people. We see color and feel levels of intensity in everything. Music has meaning. And history is especially interesting. Lingering longer over deep subjects does not tax our brains. Life is the most interesting when involved in a debate about the universe, Christianity, music or life and death. We have an understanding of things the more we experience them first hand and gain wisdom from others who have walked a similar journey. We like to ask provocative questions and try to learn from those things around us. The learning never ends. I am so glad for this!
Remember – you are a miracle! Life is a crazy exciting ride! Ask questions – learn something new each day. Never be satisfied by what others think or say – find out for yourself – dig deep and you will find a whole new universe open up to you. I believe that God will show those that ask, wisdom, wonder and a way to succeed in this life. I believe He wants us to ask those deep questions. He can handle our questions, doubts, failures and attitudes. If you talk with Him you will discover that He created you the way you are – and is not surprised when your questions and thoughts seem out of the ordinary – or something you can hide. He is the original “old soul” and loves it when we have deep thoughts and come to Him. He is the only one with the answers – when no one else knows. And it is so comforting to know that.
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