Press the Button

January 21, 2019

I'm from Vermont and I went to college and grad school in Belgium, prior to moving to Boston to attend divinity school and find work. 


Vermont is a rural state and Belgium is chock-full of architectural wonders.


Old, stone farm houses, quaint churches, stunning cathedrals, and narrow walk-ups in the towns. I encountered many things in my younger years, but none of them were elevators.


I was in my twenties when I first stepped into an elevator.


Summoning my courage, I walked in and stood there until the door closed.


I waited for the elevator to do something, but it didn't.


So I stood in the semi-darkness, panic rising. What to do?


Eventually, I noticed a panel by the door, glowing as if it needed something from me.


"Ah! Press the button!"


Saved at last by the panel and its buttons, I traveled up the floors, thinking: "This is a nice little metaphor for God."


When you feel closed-in and stuck, press the button.


Just remember God.


God is, and that's that.


Press the button.


That's all you have to do!


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