The amazing thing is…..these flowers would have blossomed whether or not I snapped this photo. The beauty that we see in nature is there, whether we are present to look at it or not. It makes me wonder ‘why?’ There is no doubt that God gives us this loveliness for us to enjoy it. Who is not lifted up by an amazing sunset or a blooming garden?
But there is much beauty in the world that exists whether or not we lay eyes on it. Think about the wildflowers that bloom on the mountaintops, or the glorious blooms of the rainforest. Perhaps they exist for God’s very own pleasure. Perhaps they have such beauty inside that they can’t contain it. They burst forth with the energy of love.
It makes me think about my actions and the motives behind them. How often do I want to be acknowledged for the good I do, the beauty I share. Did anyone notice? Did you see? I did a really good thing here……
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light…. ” Luke 8:16
If I am living my ‘true self,’ then my light has to shine, whether people notice or not. Just as the flower has to bloom because of the beauty within the bud, I have to love because of the Divine who dwells within me.
“…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, … ” Matt 6:3
My prayer is that I can let my light shine, even when no one is around to see it.
Just another gentle teaching from nature….
For several days now, I seem to be stuck on the story about the Possessed Boy in Mark’s Gospel (Mark 9: 14 – 29). Each time I open my Bible to read on, I am drawn to rereading this story, and like always, with each read I gain new wisdom and insights.
The father asks, “If out of the kindness of your heart you can do anything to help us, please do!”
Jesus replies, “If you can?…….”
The father says, “I do believe! Help my lack of trust!”
How many times have I spoke about, taught about, discussed and thought about my faith. Of course I have faith! At the end of the day, I know that I am loved and that God has a wonderful plan for me.
But, it is only with true humility that I can pray the words, ‘I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief,’ because I have such a long way to go.
I still doubt.
I still hold on to anger.
I still question.
I still want it ‘my way.’
I still desire control.
And so, I pray…..’If you can….’ and Jesus replies, “If I can????”
And I humbly ask for a greater faith…..after all, I have mountains yet to move!
It has been said that a thin place is a place where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. It’s a place where we can sense the divine more readily.
I was fascinated by this definition when I first heard of it, because you see, I have experienced these ‘thin places.’ I think we all have. I can think of sacred places where I have been where I knew that there was much more there than can be seen with the eyes.
They don’t necessarily have to be churches, and if we were all truly aware and in the present moment, everywhere would be a thin place because all is sacred.
It doesn’t even have to be a place, it can be a moment, a glance, a quiet inner voice.
But there have been times and places that have taken my breath away because of the presence of the Divine.
Thin Places – God is always reaching towards us, always creating thin places where we can meet him, touch him, feel him and inhale him……we only have to stop and allow God to occupy his dwelling place within.
I stumbled across this on my lawn a couple of days ago. We had some winds the night before, and this little nest was probably knocked out of the tree that it was in. It made me sad to think of all of the effort that the mama bird put into carefully constructing the nest, and then laying her egg(s). Was she sitting on the egg when the wind was blowing? Did she visit the nest after it was on the ground? Perhaps she wasn’t around the nest when it happened, only to fly back to find the spot where she had made her home no longer there.
I guess that the little life that was forming inside that egg just wasn’t meant to be.
Oh how I wish that I could have placed the nest back into the tree and the mama would just go on as though nothing had changed.
Oh how I wish that I could change some of the pain that I’m feeling now as a result of a close friend’s betrayal.
Oh how I wish that I could close the doors to hospitals because no one got sick anymore.
Oh how I wish that I could bring all peoples together so that we can see that there is far more that unites us than divides us.
Oh how I wish…..
But, some things are not meant to be – at least in this life – and so, we go on as best we can. Mama bird continues to search for food in hopes that she will have the energy to build another nest, and those who work for cures and peace start another day of hope and prayer.
Today I will turn my ‘oh how I wish’ words into ‘oh hear my prayer’ words, and I will be at peace in the confidence that the One who can change things is always listening and loving and working for our good.