A couple of hours later I decided to visit a craft exhibit in the town where I live. On the way, I noticed a police officer directing traffic for a different event at the botanical garden. I followed his direction and the other drivers, parked, and walked into a space I had always passed but never visited.
As I sat alone, under a tree (see picture), on a bench in the garden, with the sun on my face and the breeze against my cheek, I thought, "So, this is what God wanted me to do today. To come, find this third space, and just be. To let God love me in this way and for me to be still long enough to recognize and accept it."
Let's be honest, our days are filled to the limit with activity that it's hard to imagine having space for down time. It's just the way of life, right? There are meetings, errands, taking care of others, maybe exercising, and always work. Leisure time in our culture has been restricted to a one-week vacation maybe once a year.
When I woke yesterday with no appointments on my calendar, I wondered if God would be pleased with me doing "nothing" all day. But, do we always have to be doing something in order to please God? Or better yet, is God more pleased with our works than our desire and effort to spend quality time developing and nurturing our spiritual self? I don't think so though the world does all it can to prove otherwise.
Sitting in the garden, with no place to rush off to, no deadline to meet, was a gift I would have ignored if I was stuck on having an agenda. When we're busy being busy we miss the beauty of life that God wants to give us. We go around complaining about what's missing when really it's right in front of us…if only we take the time to open our mind. When we are focusing on our list we miss the Light.
Pathmates, we have to remember what's important and take time to check our priority list, if we're going to check any list. If we don't, work and the illusions of life will become what's most important to us and our religion (relationship with God) will become secondary or nonexistent.
The experience in the garden filled my heart more than what good work can and it was the perfect reminder of what's essential as spiritual beings on this journey as human beings -- our quality time with God. I did make it to the craft exhibit but it was hours after my time under the tree communing with the Creator.