by Liz Bailey |
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." – Rev. 4:11
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu.
This Lao Tzu saying has been taped to my fridge for a year now, right by my calendar. It has helped me center myself and try not to be in busy mode every minute of the day. Today another layer came with it—Does nature feel accomplished?
When cherry tree blossoms burst into beautiful pink flowers, do they exhale with pride and accomplishment at the beauty created with pollination hopes? A seed that pops open to take root, blacktail and roosevelt deer's incredible yearly antler growth, salmon finally reaching its place of birth- these things take effort and are not done by accident. I hope these extraordinary and beautiful creations of God can feel accomplished about the huge feats that they produce and overcome.
We are a part of nature. We accomplish incredible tasks and feats, sometimes on a daily basis. Are we able to feel accomplished for these small and big achievements (even our positive life changers) or do we move through these and keep our eyes fixed on what we have not done yet? It would be nice if the fuller life became, the less we felt those "should" feelings and thoughts.
We have little wins every day. Just being is a win. I encourage you to sit and be for a moment. Allow yourself to see you. Your uniqueness, from your miraculous combination of DNA, to the processes of your brain, to choices you have made and the events that occurred have brought you to this moment, right here, right now. Some of these things are out of your control but there are still decisions you make and actions you take to reinforce where you are today.
Does the cherry blossom have a choice in being, does it fight just as hard to root, grow and bloom as any other plant? The blacktail and roosevelt that raise their young and battle for their mate, and the salmon who maintain their focus and drive to reach their exact birthplace in their native river after long journeys in the ocean. Are these by accident?
We are here, and that is no accident. We have learned, grown, questioned, and loved. We find ways to support, nurture and protect what we love. God resides in everything; in every cell, molecule and quantum particle I believe. Let's take time to see and feel the accomplishments that have been done to make us us and also make the world this beautiful place that we have the privilege to be part of. Let us not be too rushed to see, feel, witness and appreciate the beauty of God's creation.
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Board Member of Messiah Preschool