Yesterday afternoon was wonderful. The weather was beautiful, the Sun was out, and the family was all occupied. So, after I got home from worship and wound-down from the morning, I took a book and went out to the backyard swing to read. I read about a chapter or so, but kept nodding off 1. After one particular accidental cat nap I put the book down and did something truly amazing.
Really, that’s all I did. I sat and did nothing except take in the beauty all around me 2. I noticed how small the leaves on the oak tree behind our garage were. I noticed the plains flying over head. I saw a variety of birds coming through the yard. I listened to our neighbor’s son play Jimmy Hendrix on his guitar 3.
For close to an hour I just sat and enjoyed the world. When I thought of the “productive” things I could be doing, those thoughts were immediately suppressed. I thought of possible blog entries, and stopped writing them in my head. I considered where I could go for a photo-walk and took pictures with my memory instead. I considered the emails I could write or the phone calls I could make, and I never got them done.
I just sat, and life became quiet, the world became huge and lovely, and I was reminded of how amazing God is 4. None of the other things I could have been doing were bad. In fact, several of them were spiritual disciplines in their own right. Right then, however, what was needed was sitting.
It was marvelous.
- I typically collapse Sunday afternoons, I love preaching and worship but it’s emotionally draining. It’s a wonderful draining, but it’s draining nonetheless. ↩
- Yes, that’s a huge “nothing.” Stop pointing things out. ↩
- “All Along the Watchtower” – he was pretty dang good. ↩
- This is, by the way, an excellent example of Christian meditation. Letting life slow so God can speak. ↩