So I had roughly 40 minutes between meetings today and wasn’t sure what to do with my time. I knew it wasn’t enough time to get back to my office and do anything and I couldn’t grab a snack because my next meeting was a lunch meeting. I guess I could have sat in my hot car and responded to email’s on my phone but instead I remembered there was a park across from the restaurant that my next appointment was at and I could sit there and read, write and/or pray. So I headed in that direction.
What a gift that decision turned out to be. I found a delightful bench in the shade with this waterfountain in front. Water is so soothing to me and I love to listen to it bubble and fall. I sat there for a bit and took the opportunity to read both the daily text and a section of a book I’m reading for counseling — focusing on being in the present and the connection between mind and body. I prayed I would continue to be present for my next appointment and then my hospital visit that would follow. I prayed for grace for myself that I would begin to accept myself in all my bodies glory and limitations.
Before I knew it my 40 minutes had passed but I felt renewed and refocused. I felt alive and fresh in ways I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t accepted this gift of sabbath in the midst of the craziness of my day. I’m reminded that God gifts us with moments like this often but we often fill those moments with acts of busyness instead of allowing God’s presence to penetrate our lives. In addition to the gift of sabbath I believe I’ve found a new favorite spot to be quiet – it’s close to home and has water features and is super quiet – I susect it’s underused but will certainly become more used by me.
Thank you Lord for these unexpected but much needed gifts. I enjoyed basking in your love.