The last few weeks I’ve shared with you some of my Easter Explosions. But life isn’t on the mountain top. It’s not a constant explosion of awareness. Jesus so often spoke of this, taking his disciples to a mountain top and then back down into the valley. Life is in the valleys, the everyday, ordinary moments. I’m grateful for the Easter Explosions. My soul life is strengthened as I share them, but everyday life is full of God too. Everyday life gives me moments to behold The Divine.
Last Sunday in Contemplative Fire we shared a Mary Oliver poem and one of her phrases has been resonating with me all week. Pay Attention. Pay attention to the weeds that sprout between the cracks in a vacant lot. Pay attention. I’m drawn to pay attention to the bark on the douglas fir just beyond my deck, to the choir of birds surrounding me, the sun splashing off the ocean water, the rush of the creek full of snow melt, the ache in my body after cleaning the gutter on the driveway, the relentless pounding of the heart within the body I inhabit….. pay attention to what is happening. In the stillness of the moment, it’s quite beautiful. After a month away from my home, a happy month, surrounded by people dear to me, walking the wide-open beaches lapped by the Atlantic Ocean, exploring the winding streets of Paris, I’m so happy to return to the spaciousness and quietness of village life nestled against a mountainside. The trees call me home. Mary Oliver reminds me to pay attention, for in these moments, God is present.
I don’t need a holiday to find God, anymore than I need Easter Explosions. Every moment of every day is permeated by Divine Presence. I’m grateful for a lifelong journey to lead me to that awareness. Every moment of every day is permeated by Divine Presence. When my husband and I disagree – God is present. When illness strikes close to home – God is present. When my garden plans don’t work – God is present. When someone disrespects me – God is present. Every moment of every day. Now I want to pay attention.
Where are you invited to pay attention?
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