Creating Space for God

We are such busy people.

Our intentions are often admirable, but we rarely find the time, or rather make the time for that which is essential….eternal.

Like others, I have a laundry list of things to do: read a certain number of spiritual books, volunteer, work on my sewing, my writing, household projects and chores, gardening, visiting family and friends and of course, honing my spiritual life.

It is easy to become bogged down in the busyness of this world. To become so engrained in the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of life that we ignore that which is most important.

This morning, those feelings of overwhelming angst were plaguing my mind, my spirit— and I was unable to enter into the communal nature of God.

So, I sat.

In silence.

The windows were opened, so I closed my eyes as the shards of light pierced the darkness and absorbed the waking of God’s creation.

As the world woke, I listened to the birds greet the morning, chirping their thanksgiving to God for another moment to eat, drink, play and to soar.

As with us, all of their needs are provided, save the angst over bills, work, business, and family.

But we, are so complicated that we often forgo the simple for the difficult–thereby filling that space with chaos, rather than prayer. Solitude and quiet can be prayer, and can often be more effective than praying with words. Perhaps, for me, my mind needs to settle and allow God’s simple beauty to speak between the spaces–and I need to open my soul to receive more space and consequently, more of God.

 “I believe you can look at solitude, community, and ministry as three disciplines by which we create space for God. If we create space in which God can act and speak, something surprising will happen. You and I are called to these disciplines if we want to be disciples.”
–Henri J. M. Nouwen

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