Here I sit with a team of friends,
Listening to our owner bellow directions from astern,
Yet heading in the other direction.
The delight of sweaty teamwork,
Singes the air with a natural perfume,
And a synchronized movement of the body stills my soul,
Eliminating distractions of a day spent in my head.
And beckons me forward.
All calls are not equal.
The fire alarm invites us all to leave the building,
Calling us to safety and anxiety.
While the call for supper invites us to share,
With loved ones in spiritual and bodily nourishment.
Of all calls, the ones imbibed with love should never be screened out.
Because the source validates the message.
And should be acted upon.
THE UNBROKEN WORD
We hear the phrase “get out of the boat” in scripture. (Mt 14:28-30) Peter sees Jesus walking on water and is invited to join him. Initially successful his trust in God fails, and then he begins to sink after an apparent few steps. Jesus saves him and brings him to safety.
This pattern is often prevalent in our own lives. We ask for proof of God’s love, but when called to trust in God we find ourselves failing and then require further rescue. It is interesting to note that while we spend much time creating a barrage of requests for God to bestow us with gifts from our prayers of intercession, we often do less when it comes to simple acts of trust or worship in our prayer life.
As we exit the Christmas season, perhaps we can consider some other prayer forms which don’t have us coming to God always with our shopping list of personals needs. After all, we all know how we feel about relatives and “friends” who only show up when they need something, versus those who are visiting and contact us solely because they love us, or care for us.
This week, I will try and approach God with an attitude of trust and love. Remaining open to His will with a mindset of trust, not the attitude of “prove it” which we all see too frequently.
If we trust in Him, all will be good. For He is “with us always”.
Trees, awaiting the dawn again without agenda,
Today may be a cold one,
So less sunlight and moisture for our roots,
Nevertheless, we stand together,
Grateful and trusting.
That we will be nourished and stand for another season.