Read Between The Lines
by Maria Franco
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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
In life, it is very essential to read between the lines because there are some relationships in life which have a dual nature- the real and virtual. When we follow the virtual, what is apparent behind the scenes, what is communicated to us in a discreet and subtle way leaves us ecstatic and we tend to walk on a path of roses, everything seems so happy and right. But, when we have to deal with real situations face to face, we are confronted with an entirely different situation and the virtual becomes a dreamy thing. It can be very disconcerting and we are left standing dumbfounded. The real takes over and we come down to earth. Again, if the real is taken at its true words, then we are faced with only one decision, to abide to its stipulations and concede. Also, if the virtual cannot succeed in saving a real situation than the real dominates and is the one to be believed.
But, if we read between the lines and try to discern a balance between the real and the virtual, then we can see the silver lining in the dark cloud. This can lift our hearts and incline us to reconsider the situation from a new perspective. Though, we are left wondering sometimes if the real is virtual or the virtual is real? Because in the presence of the real we have to behave as the real demands of us but in the virtual, we can manifest our thoughts to our heart’s content in absolute freedom. When the real puts us in a dilemma, we long for the surety of the virtual. Do we believe in the real or seek solace in the virtual? Do we either read too much in a real situation or underestimate the real potential of it and vice- versa for the virtual? Does the real blow things out of proportion or the virtual succeeds in doing this? At times, we have high expectations from the virtual because probably, we have expressed so much. When we start to read between the lines, many things seem to fall into place and begin to make sense.
If we compare the difference in emotions between a real scene in life and a dramatic scene being enacted, we can well imagine how many re-takes are needed between the actors before their performance is approved, how they have to incline themselves to bring out the emotions required for a given scene. It is not so with a real life situation where emotions flow out naturally, no re-takes are required, the first scene is the best given from the heart, a matchless moment.
As a child, I used to cry at the end of all those movies where the actors apparently died at the end. My parents would console me by saying that it was not real and the actors were very much alive. Which reminds me that if we ever win a date with any movie star we would never be so comfortable in their presence on account of formalities than on a date with the person we loved where we can be our real self.
The Lord always used parables to teach the crowd and disciples. The people were meant to read between the lines to grasp the real meaning of each story. He even went to the extent of thanking the Father for revealing the truth to mere children and hiding them from the wise and learned. The Pharisees who considered themselves great scholars always missed the essential part, they failed to understand the true meaning of our Lord’s words.
As related in Matthew 13:13-14; “This is why I speak to them in parables. Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
Last but not the least, a quote which had me at first go; “Do not forget to pray to the Lord today because God did not forget to wake you up in the morning.” This is one line which can be read straight from the heart with no necessity to read between the lines. Most of all we should remember that be it a real or virtual situation; Love is always real; a winner all the way, as it was from the beginning, is now and ever shall be forever more.
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