Good Morning, God
I was about to exit a downtown high rise parking lot and this machine went by me. I had never seen anything like it and I stopped my car to take a photo — fortunately no one was behind me. The young man said it was for changing light fixtures.
Now, God, I have no idea why this contraption would have caused me to laugh with delight! Perhaps, it is just seeing something NEW? Or maybe it was the inelegance of the design? It felt like some combination of mechanical bug and childhood extension toy.
We humans have a mixed response to new, God. Kit read me the other day — from a Bill Bryson book — that the Pilgrims wouldn’t eat the lobsters the Indians brought them. I have no idea if that is true. But, I can “understand” it. As in: “You want me to eat THAT”? It is easy to think — wouldn’t trying something TOTALLY NEW be better than starving? But that is our Mind talking, not our Gut.
I’m sitting here thinking, God. Or maybe I’m just sitting and FEELING the challenges of being BOTH Gut and Mind. HEART? Did I hear You say, HEART?
The Heart — placed between the Gut and the Mind — speaks with such a quiet, gentle voice. We have to LISTEN carefully to hear our heart. Look at that word, God! It has EAR in it — and ART in it. I’m smiling. The Art in Life is to open our Ear to our Heart. I need Your Help, to do that. Then I need even MORE of Your help to sort out what kind of path to follow.
Yes, God, I’m always ASKING for Your Help — but not focusing on RECEIVING IT! Hmmmm. Good point. Let’s do a little Centering Prayer.