Where do you find God?
Summer was busy, the fall will most likely be even busier. We can race from one event to another, blindly following our calendar’s command to fill our days with meeting, sports, and family obligations (not to mention work and household chores).
How do you feed your spirit in the midst of the busy-ness? Where do you find God when you are on the go?
This poem speaks to me. I often feel closest to the Creator when I am in the creation – outside, perhaps in some green pastures or by some still waters, enjoying the gifts of nature.
The Peace of Wild Things
BY WENDELL BERRY
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
This past weekend I had just a brief opportunity to go kayaking. I was out on the water for a total of about 15 minutes, but it was not the amount of time that was important to me. It was simply being on the water,listening to the rhythm of the paddle as it scooped the water and moved me forward. it was the pleasure of gliding silently by some ducks who were feeding in the shore grasses. It was a few precious moments in an otherwise action-packed weekend when I could be alone and have the opportunity to soak in the beauty of the day. Those 15 minutes reminded me of the presence and the power of God. I carried those moments with me during the less-serene parts of my day – driving through traffic, rushing to get dinner on the table, and saying a final “good-bye” to summer vacation as all three children headed back to college.
Where do you find God? The Good News is that God wants to be found by us. We just need to take the time to look. And to listen.