“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
I have claimed a corner in my house for prayer. For the last 16 months, I show up to meet with God almost daily. I have many tools in that corner that help me guide my time of devotion: a bible, poems, a notebook, a singing bowl, among other things.
However, the best aid provided comes from nature itself. The eclectic selection of plants my husband tends surround me and transport me back to the Caribbean rainforest. The windows let nature in and I have seen the seasons shift the appearance of the trees and the disappearance and return of the birds who nest in it. Many times, I said to myself that I should have taken a daily picture of the setting to record how it changes with the seasons. But I try to keep technology off my prayer corner as much as possible. So, I have made a mental carving of the setting and the sense of freedom and peace I experience there, so that I can take them with me to other settings that might not be as welcoming.
In my prayer corner I have a clipping of a quote by philosopher Lao Tzu that reads: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Alongside one of my favorite quotes in Ecclesiastes, this wisdom bring calmness to my industrious mind and impatient spirit. And what is best the more I pay attention the more I am convinced that there is no purer truth. My prayer for you this summer is that you take your time to BE and live out the purpose God has drawn before you. When we walk in God’s Holy will there is a season for everything and time is more than enough!
With You on the Journey, Pastor Teresita.
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