Do You See What I See?

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Ok, I drew an outline around this, but I think that we can all agree that this is a ‘heart-puddle’.  It was in my driveway this morning and I had the privilege of seeing it and reflecting on it on my morning walk.  You see, the more that you look, the more that you see…..All of God’s creation speaks to us, and it is always a message of love.
A tall barren tree speaks to us of detachment
A crispy leaf on the ground speaks of dying to self
A breeze speaks the language of the Holy Spirit
Branches pointing upward speak of lifting our hearts to God
Rain speaks of washing away the false self and beginning again
And a ‘heart-puddle’ speaks of His LOVE.
Advent….we wait….we listen….we prepare….and most importantly……HE WAITS FOR US…..

A Taste of Heaven

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So, I have begun to walk in the morning.  My favorite time is just when the moon is humbly stepping aside to allow the sun to illuminate the day.  I am determined to keep this up, health reasons being secondary, sanity my primary!  Even though there was a wolf spotted at the top of my driveway last week and I drove home last night to find 4 coyotes in my front yard…..I will continue!

I spend this precious 30 minutes reflecting.  Sometimes I will listen to a Youtube talk, sometimes I will go over one of my own talks that I am practicing  (that’s my least favorite way to spend the time – I hear my own chatter far too much), but the most ‘productive’ (much too harsh a word for the results that are gained) way to spend the time is to listen.  Some may think that nature is silent, but if you are the one that is silent, then you open your self to hearing the voice of God.

All of creation has much to teach us.  All is gift and God is constantly reaching out to us, revealing himself, and loving us.

After my few minutes of ‘heaven’, my frantic day begins and I get lost in the busy-ness of grown-up things that must be taken care of and dealt with.  There are problems to solve, work to be done, and on and on until I sink into bed each night being more weary than tired.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Matt. 18:3

Thirty minutes each morning I become that little child and allow myself to be awed by God’s world.  I think that I have experienced heaven…..Give it a try…

Where is your focus this lent?

   What did I give up for lent?  What am I doing this lent?  How am I journeying   through lent and will this season bring me closer to God or will I stay stuck where I am?

As long as I keep the focus on ‘me’ and what I am doing and how I am doing, this lent will not bear much fruit.  I need to concentrate on God, and take the ‘me’ out of this equation.  My desire is to increase my desire, to grow closer to my Creator, to allow him to continue to create me. 

Lent is a time to go deep, to go inside to my center, but unless I recognize that God dwells there, I am still stumbling around in the dark.  He lives in me, and sometimes that is the best hiding place of all. 

Time alone, sitting in silence, letting those thoughts come and go in a most gentle way, allowing yourself to be loved – really loved is the best way that I know of to connect with the Source, God, my lover. 

The world has a problem with silence.  The world has a problem with ‘wasting time’, the world has a problem with God.

Perhaps the greatest discipline that I can have this lent is to allow God to love me….

When was the last time?

When was the last time that you….

belly-laughed

watched the sunrise

played with a child

prayed without words

listened (not just heard) another

affirmed yourself

sat in silence

read a fairy tale                                                                                                   

                  Maybe…..it’s time……  Maybe this is the way to celebrate Advent…..