Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bus Stop Stories - Part 2

I've noticed I like contrast (see this post).  The following story transpired in early January, and I jotted down what I saw and felt when I saw it (at the bus stop), but it didn't feel like the right time to put it down as a story.

Until now.

So, there I was, sitting at the bus stop, when two nuns (in full habits and all)(oh, and if I am using incorrect terminology 1)please excuse and forgive me-I'm not Catholic and 2)please correct me!) and a gaggle of high school teenage girls crossed the street in front of me.
Now, talk about contrast.  These aren't just any high school girls; these are Southern, city, wealthy, can-afford-a-private-catholic-school, stylish, well dressed and made-up girls.  And at the front and back of of the group, was a nun.  White robe (?), habit, and what looked to be a wooden cross from my distant vantage point.

The teenagers each had the "latest" fashion trends in jackets and boots, long hair, make-up, etc.
The nuns were dressed simply and uniformly.

I realized that as much as the girls probably all wanted to be "unique" and stand out, in the end and certainly from a distance, they all pretty much looked the same.
Just like the nuns.

The nuns have chosen and are on their path in life.  A life devoted to God.
The girls haven't even begun life yet.  What must be on their minds: boys? fashion? college? careers?  Will any of them become nuns?  Devote their lives to God in that way, or perhaps in others?

As I said, I am not Catholic, but sometimes I find myself wondering what it would be like to be a nun.  I see it as being as simple as: Devoted to God.  I am quite sure I am over-simplifying things, and while I am not a nun, my life should still be devoted to God.  Too often, though, I let the "things" of life get in the way of that relationship.


  1. The thought occurred to me as I read this, that (for me at least) it's almost as if I want to keep my options open. Like, I don't want to say, I'm fully devoted, because family, business, life, may bring something that could be better. I feel silly even saying this. As if there is anything better than God.

  2. When I first became a Christian I was so "over the top" zealous that had we had a protestant equivalent (to the nunnery), I would have been all over it...the years have calmed me though (in a good way), I understand vocation much better, and what it means to be "devoted" to God in the work He has given me to do. It is hard though, being faithful when there are "things" constantly tempting us to take our eyes off of our Savior...but therein lies the grace and glory of God, though we be unfaithful, He remains faithful.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and comments here. I really really appreciate the dialog with Christian sisters.

  4. Hi Daphne,

    First of all, thank you for the traffic, you are so sweet :)

    Second of all, sorry I haven't been around, it has been crazy.

    Thirdly, how was your Valentine's Day? Did you do anything fun?

    Being 100% devoted to God is a huge commitment... But the fear of possibly failing and "disappointing" Him is even greater. Which is funny because I am committed to other things and people in my life.... And God is so forgiving. But most importantly, I believe that being a good person and doing good things may bring me a little closer (I am working hard on it).

    Have a great week!