Good Morning, God!
The sun is fully up as I slip into my day. S L O W L Y slide into the Gift of a New Day.
It is tempting to see Life as a repetitious cycle. Each day spent trying to get things done better than the day before — like the movie Ground Hog’s Day. Working on Getting it RIGHT!
Ah, that is such a tempting path — to see life as a Game in which we “get points.” Another view is related — life as School, in which we get grades. Do we pass, or not? Or is there automatic “promotion?”
Let me see, there is also the view of life as Continuous Improvement — fueled by a desire to upgrade my character and nature — or at least my actions.
This morning, God, as I sit here relaxed and peaceful, I am suspecting that Your Plans for us are much simpler — more basic.
Maybe we aren’t so much in School as Planted in an Orchard? Invited to put our Roots down into You — The Ground of Our Being — and let You nourish us and flow through us — bearing fruit in its season.
I like that image. Maybe that is why when I read of invading armies cutting down the fruit trees and salting the ground — I am so grieved. To destroy old olive trees; to cut down fruiting apricot trees; that is to cut at the roots of the Tree of Life.
And if I knew that judgmental thoughts ALSO cut at the roots of the Tree of Life? Would I weep over my own Inner Actions? Would I cease? Please help me, God. Please remove this insect infestation!