To be on the planet at all is a stupendous opportunity! Each of us has the chance to improve conditions here, clarifying and identifying situations that could be ameliorated by our special attention.
How frequently I become overwhelmed with “things that something should be done about”!
It is so easy to get lost in the labyrinth of problems. The planet is too large for me! The old platitude occurs to me today: Bloom where you are planted. I have always chafed at the idea of being planted. I yearn for lightness, airiness, freedom. Still…
We all need the good earth to pull sap into our veins, to stay hydrated, to fully live. My daily practice is to open the Holy scriptures before the day is fully underway. Here is what I do: I ask God to lead me to what I need. Then, I open the Bible randomly to a place in the Old Testament, the story of the Jewish people, the chosen family of God. His miraculous interactions with ordinary people all through it make exciting reading. Though often callous and rebellious, God reached down to guide and protect them from their many enemies.
Next, I open randomly to the New Testament, reading the pages in front of me, and finishing at least one chapter. They are usually short. The sayings of Jesus are in red ink in my version. But quite often, the passages I am reading are all in black. Both provide immediacy and intimacy for me, drawing me (small inconsequential human) to know there is a plan, has always been a plan, and I am counted. I have a part to play.
Next I go to Proverbs, a book of 31 chapters, one for each day. Pithy, wise, simple to understand, if I were only be able to read one book, it would be Proverbs. Today is October 4, so I read Chapter 4. Verse 23 is circled in my Bible: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. I ponder its meaning.
Last of all, I randomly select a Psalm. For me, the Psalms are a book of comfort and reassurance. Once I have read a chapter, I feel refreshed and close my Bible. The entire process is about 15-20 minutes. If I want to, I can read more, but normally I do not. I am a busy girl!
The immediacy of knowing God is with me, even when I seriously doubt it, as others have done since the very beginning, way before my time, and long before these books were written consoles me. I relax, knowing it has never been just up to me to solve every temporal problem on earth. All things work together in some mysterious way. All we have to do is align ourselves with goodness, love, light and peace, to get a perspective of knowing when we have choices, to make good ones. It is a VERY individual walk, yet it affects the entirety.
I must bloom today, but could not do so if I had not been firmly planted first.