I continue to savour Ann Voskamp’s book A Thousand Gifts. In fact I am reading through it for a second time, savouring the wisdom. Life is too urgent to be lived fast, too important to be consumed in a blur of activity, too precious to not take notice of the God moments, the God love that bursts out in an unexpected hugs and unanticipated beauty.
It seems so important to meditate on things as I prepare for the season of Lent – not a time to give up but a time to learn to savour life in new ways.
I so need these constant reminders which I find embarrassing because you would think that by now I should have learned this lesson well. After all it is what I speak and write about all the time – the rhythm of life that calls us to seasons of planting, growth, harvest and rest, the rhythm of each moment that calls us to take notice and praise God.
I realize that there are many depths to this understanding, they don’t all come at once. They do need to be unfolded like the reading of a cherished book or the enjoyment of a favourite painting. One of the amazing things about God is that we are never through being inspired, awed and humbled by the revelations that come to us often on a daily basis. Our holy and eternal creator seems more complex and more difficult to nail down the longer I spend in trying to understand. But that should not surprise me. My study of the human body should have prepared me for that.
On the surface the body is complex but in many ways fairly simple – the brain speaks as it were and the feet move. It is only as we get into the complexity of organs and then into the even more intricate and complex workings of a cell that we realize it is not really as simple as that. The hundreds and thousands of activities a cell performs are truly amazing. And each cell must work together with many others – in the brain, along the nerves and into all the muscles of the body for our feet to move. And the heart, the lungs and every other organ in our bodies get involved too. Digging deep into the workings of a cell shows me that life is complex, interrelated and profound. It shows me that just when I think I understand what is happening another process is revealed that turns all my thinking on its head.
So my lesson for today is – don’t hurry life is too precious not to take notice and savour of all that is happening, in and through and around us.
God may we savour what this moment holds
Precious time that urgently calls us to slow
May we enjoy each cathedral moment before it bursts
may we give thanks and see God