My Medieval Marshall arrives to help

banyan tree arching over the Kapiolani Park walking path

The rich complexity of the Banyan tree arching over the Kapiolani Park walking path reflects our own inner complexities.

Good Evening, God!

Yesterday was a lovely full day —  a day in which I opened my heart to receive help.  While sitting in silence in Centering Prayer, I met “The Marshall.” That’s the officer charged with the training and discipline of the soldiers assigned to a medieval castle. As I read the list of medieval offices the day before I did stop on that one and think . . . hmm . . . discipline. I need that.

Imagine my surprise, God, when The Marshall appeared inside me as an avuncular Scot with a charming accent and a supportive and encouraging approach. His enveloping warmth and certainty that I can “do it” had me picking up my 5 pound weights several times yesterday and today. He also had me stretching and feeling very good about it!

I sure wish I had met him years ago. His positive, compassionate and encouraging spirit are a tonic!

A friend asked me this morning, “How long do you think this will last?” I didn’t have an answer then but this evening the answer came. It will last as long as I stay humble enough to “receive” the help.

That’s the Key, isn’t it, God? Humility. Enough humility to know that I am falling short and need help. And then on-going humility so that I am open during the day for opportunities to be guided, nudged or rounded up and sent out for a run.

On further consideration it also means scheduling my day at a slow enough pace so that there is space enough for helpful “interruptions.” I think redoing my schedule will require the help of the Lord of the Privy Seal. Oh my! So many helpers and I need them all!

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